Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat until the end of the season and he says he can’t wait for the Newcastle match in 19 days time.

The new man on Wearside is claimed to be on a deal that will see him land £500,000 if the Dutch manager keeps them up.

Despite having West Ham up first this weekend, it is the derby game Advocaat is clearly targeting as the perfect launch pad to try and save them from the drop, saying ‘that is really something to look forward to’.

Sunderland have confirmed the decision today and Advocaat told the Dutch media last night in advance of the official confirmation:

“This is something I have always wanted to do, the Premier League. The Premier League is a phenomenal competition.

“As a manager this is where you want to work, it has such pulling power.”

The derby:

“Saturday, West Ham awaits and then the international break, then…the derby with Newcastle United.

“That is really something to look forward to because believe me, this just is a very big club.”

So official confirmation today 19 days ahead of the derby game – Sunderland have a habit of bringing in managers just ahead of the Newcastle game in recent times.

Gus Poyet got the Sunderland job on 8 October 2013 and 19 days later led them to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.

The previous occupant of the mackem hot (pink) seat was Paolo Di Canio and he was given the Sunderland job on 31 March 2013 and only 14 days later the mackems won 3-0 at St. James’ Park with Newcastle putting in a dismal performance.

Whilst Sunderland are clearly in a precarious position and the points more desperately needed, in their  own way John Carver and his team need a result just as desperately because yet another derby defeat, would surely destroy any faint lingering hopes of the Newcastle fans accepting Carver as any kind of credible long-term appointment.

Interestingly, our old mate Sam Allardyce is still hotly tipped to get the job permanently this summer IF Advocaat keeps the mackems up.



  • Paul Patterson

    I’d love to laugh, but . .

  • Heaton Mick

    Interesting how they managed to find a new manager (albeit an interim one) within 20 hours of getting rid of Poyet.
    We had at least a week of messing about before Pardew finally went and still could find a new manager with a better CV than Carver in the following month!

    It probably just shows how little effort they made to make a proper appointment.

  • wor monga

    Ahh [email protected] they’ve replaced Poyet …that’s the hoped for no-score
    draw point down there gone out the window then….ah…never mind there’s still
    West Ham and WBA at home to come…so all is not lost yet!!!

  • tino o

    I think everyone who has to play us is looking forward to 3 points. We will do what we’ve done for the last few seasons turn their season around take away the points we’ve handed them and they would have been relegated at least twice

  • stevennufc

    looks like we are gonna keep the mackams up again!……you cldnt make it up!

  • GToon

    Heaton Mick Exactly. He’s a good coach too. Amazing how Villa, WBA and Mackems can all find a good manager but we can’t. Were they not able to shout “yes” loud enough perhaps.

  • GToon

    He will make a big difference to them. Am dreading the game now. Could be embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as turning up with no defenders and no forwards……..

  • Larry Adler

    Yes they change their manager just before the derby 3 times now.
    Whereas we have no main striker and no main centre back and captain it doesn’t look good. Looks like we will keep them up again, I hope I’m wrong I would take a draw down there now how sad is that?

  • NotFatFreddy

    I am from Bedlington and can’t wait to punch that Mackem horse in that there picture.  We stun them first, skin them alive and then eat them with a red squirrel pie and custard to follow. Too much of that dutch custard called ‘Advocaat’ (look it up) and we are prone to disguise ourselves on derby day and creep up on ya!