Not 48 hours after the sacking of Gus Poyet and Sunderland had already appointed his successor. Dick Advocaat, former Rangers and Netherlands manager, was confirmed as interim head coach until the end of the season today and has been tasked with keeping the Wearside club in the Premier League. The Dutchman, who has had 437 jobs in management – not counting clubs or countries he’s managed on more than one occasion – has never managed in the Premier League before.
It has apparently always been his intention to manage in the Premier League at some point and after glowing recommendations from Frank Arnesen and Sir Alex Ferguson, Sunderland pushed ahead with the appointment for the last nine games of the season. The frankly terrifying looking former Netherlands coach, who once did a Football Manager in coaching AZ and Belgium at the same time was forthright in his first comments as coach, “To be honest, I’d manage your pub team if the money was right. Me and Louis are similar in so much as we were both effected badly by that bastard Bernie Madoff and quite frankly, if I can get another job to go alongside this one, then that would be something that I’d be interested in. But at this moment in time, I’m totally focussed on Sunderland’s survival.”
Quite how these comments will be perceived by tired and disillusioned Sunderland fans remains to be seen but perhaps they’ll appreciate the honesty. While no details of his contract have been released, a shrewd operator like Advocaat would surely not have signed a deal without a hefty bonus on the condition that he kept Sunderland in the Premier League. He alluded to as much with his comments, “Of course, we will be pushing the players on to succeed and do the fans proud. What they have seen is not good enough and we will make sure we stay up for them. But also for the money. God, I love money.”
Candid remarks from the new man down at the Stadium of Light but after the perpetual stream of shit that emerged from Gus Poyet’s mouth and his alleged shady dealings, Sunderland fans will no doubt be happier with someone a little more transparent with his financial dealings. Also, he looks like an older Kevin James – shown above – which is nice.
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