Advocaat up for staying at Sunderland longer

Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat

NEW Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he would consider a longer stint at the Stadium of Light, if his short-term deal proves to be successful.

Advocaat penned a two-month contract with Sunderland earlier this week with the objective of keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League, before the club consider their long-term options for the head coach position in the summer.

At the moment I am only here for two months, but in principle yes

Dick Advocaat

Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement is understood to be the leading contender for the position, although ex-Sunderland defender and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is also a potential contender.

But if Advocaat achieves his aim of keeping Sunderland in the top flight, then he says he would consider a longer stay.

The 67-year-old is yet to hold his opening press conference as Sunderland head coach, but he has spoken to the Dutch press.

“I’ve heard and read the reports that they are already looking for a younger trainer,” said Advocaat.

“At the moment, I’m only here for two months.

“But in principle yes (he’d be interested).

“The first two days have been good.

“For this period, they dared not to take a risk with an inexperienced coach.

“What have I got to lose? Nothing.

“I think it’s enjoyable and the salaries that I have read are not true at all. That was not important to me.”

Advocaat has not been blessed with an abundance of options to work with during his first two days at the helm, although Adam Johnson has returned to training after his club suspension was lifted.

Emanuele Giaccherini and Will Buckley are sidelined, while Lee Cattermole will serve the second of his two-match ban for this Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

John O’Shea and Seb Larsson - who received a big cut to his ankle in Gus Poyet’s final game in charge against Aston Villa last weekend - have also been struggling with injuries and been unable to play a part in full training.

“We have a decent team if everyone is fit,” added Advocaat.

“But John O’Shea and Sebastian Larsson for example, have not trained this week but need to play on Saturday because the group is quite small.”

“Then you have the derby against Newcastle United, so you hope that there are a few players back for then.”

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