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.”
“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.