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Advocaat offered Sunderland job permanently

Advocaat kept Sunderland up. Credit: PA

Dick Advocaat will give Sunderland an answer next Thursday on whether or not he is prepared to stay on as head coach after considering chairman Ellis Short's plans for the club.

The 67-year-old, who was handed just nine games in which to preserve the Black Cats' Premier League status and did so in eight, confirmed on Friday that he has been made an offer, and that he will respond to it next week.

Advocaat said: "They have made me an offer, yes.

"It is in principle not so important in that way, it is also important what the club wants. Can they invest or not? That's also important to know for myself before I take that decision."

Adam Johnson starts against Arsenal

The Arsenal vs Sunderland teamsheet Credit: ITV Sport

Adam Johnson will start his first game for Sunderland since charged with three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming.

The Black Cats could confirm their Premier League survival with a win at Arsenal, which is one of the key factors in Dick Advocaat's desire to recall one of his best attacking players.

Since his original arrest, Johnson has been limited to substitute appearances under Advocaat, having previously been suspended by the club under former manager Gus Poyet.

Johnson appeared in court on Monday, and was bailed until June 3 for a preliminary hearing of his case.


Johnson could start Arsenal clash - Advocaat

Dick Advocaat admits Adam Johnson could start in Sunderland's crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.

The winger is currently on bail over three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming, but will still play a part in the Black Cats' fight for survival.

Adam Johnson has featured as a substitute since being arrested. Credit: PA

"He's in the squad and when you are in the squad, there's always a chance you will start.

"This team works so hard and you have to fair to all of them, but Adam is a player who can do something different for us. His style is different from others, and you saw that when he came on against Leicester."

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