Advocaat changes mind and signs new Sunderland deal

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RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT Dick Advocaat signs one-year contract to continue as Sunderland Head Coach, after his side avoided relegation from the Premier League. SHOWS: BELGRADE, SERBIA (FILE –

Advocaat changes mind and signs new Sunderland deal

RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT

Dick Advocaat signs one-year contract to continue as Sunderland Head Coach, after his side avoided relegation from the Premier League.

SHOWS: BELGRADE, SERBIA (FILE – NOVEMBER, 2014) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF THEN-SERBIA MANAGER DICK ADVOCAAT DURING NEWS CONFERENCE

2. SERBIA PLAYERS TRAINING

3. ADVOCAAT TALKING TO ASSISTANTS

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4. VARIOUS OF THEN-RUSSIA MANAGER ADVOCAAT OVER-LOOKING RUSSIAN NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING

5. ADVOCAAT WALKING PAST CAMERAS AFTER TRAINING

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6. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF SUNDERLAND MANAGER ADVOCAAT CELEBRATING SUNDERLAND’S 0-0 DRAW AGAINST ARSENAL THAT MEANT SUNDERLAND WERE NOT RELEGATED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE

7. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ADVOCAAT HUGGING SUNDERLAND DEFENDER BILLY JONES AFTER AVOIDING RELEGATION

8. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF ADVOCAAT CRYING AFTER AVOIDING RELEGATION

STORY: Dick Advocaat has had a change of heart and has signed a new one-year deal to remain as Sunderland head coach, the Premier League club said on Thursday (June 4).

The 67-year-old Dutchman had decided not to continue in the role after guiding Sunderland to top-flight safety last month.

“After a lot of discussions with (club chairman) Ellis (Short) and (sporting director) Lee (Congerton), they convinced me that I am the right man for the club,” Advocaat said on the club website (www.safc.com).

“It was a great feeling to be part of Sunderland in the last few months, the experience was something very special and after talking with Lee, Ellis and of course my family, we all agree it is the right decision.”

Advocaat took over at the Stadium of Light in March until the end of the season, replacing the sacked Gus Poyet.

The Black Cats were one point above the relegation zone when he arrived but the experienced manager led them to 16th, three points above the condemned clubs.

Sunderland confirmed they remained in England’s top division with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal that left Advocaat in tears at the final whistle.

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