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Advocaat says players need to believe in themselves

New Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat says his players need to believe in themselves if the club is to avoid relegation.

The Dutchman replaced Gus Poyet this week and met the media for the first time this morning (Friday, March 20).

Sunderland are just one point above the premier league relegation zone.

Advocaat thinks his first game in charge, at West Ham tomorrow, will set the tone.

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Sunderland bring in new boss Advocaat

Dick Advocaat is back. Credit: PA

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season, the club have announced.

The 67-year-old Dutchman replaces Gus Poyet, who was dismissed on Monday after 17 months in charge.

A Sunderland statement read: "Sunderland AFC has appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the current season.

"The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to the Stadium of Light, with over 30 years in management at both club and international level."

Poyet replacement: Advocaat 'in talks' with SAFC

ITV News Tyne Tees understands Sunderland football club could appoint Dick Advocaat as their short term Head Coach in the next 24 hours.

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The 67-year old Dutchman is believed to have flown into the region for talks this evening, March 16.

Earlier today, the Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet after a heavy home defeat against Aston Villa sealed his fate.

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