Sunderland football club have signed the former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season.
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."
ITV News Tyne Tees understands Sunderland football club could appoint Dick Advocaat as their short term Head Coach in the next 24 hours.
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 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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