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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."

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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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Sunderland sack Gus Poyet: Club statement

Sunderland AFC have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

The club would like to place on record its’ thanks to Gus and wishes him well for the future.

Chairman Ellis Short said: “I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.

“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season and we find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.”

An announcement will be made in due course regarding the head coach position.

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325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring

325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wonga has announced restructuring which expected to lead to the loss of 325 jobs.

The payday lender currently employs around 950 people and said the losses come as it aims to, "refocus on its consumer businesses."

Wonga can no longer sustain its high cost base which must be significantly reduced to reflect our evolving business and market. Regrettably, this means we’ve had to take tough but necessary decisions about the size of our workforce. We appreciate how difficult this period will be for all of our colleagues and we’ll support them throughout the consultation process.

– Andy Haste, Chairman, Wonga

The move is hoped to save the company £25 million over the next two years. Wonga said costs at the company tripled between 2012-2014.

There will now be a 30 day consultation period for those who are at risk of losing their jobs.

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