With former boss Gus Poyet being given the boot just a day earlier, English Premier League club Sunderland announced that 67-yesr-old Dutchman Dick Advocaat has been hired as the team’s new manager. Poyet was shown the door shortly after his 18th-place squad was humiliated 4-0 by lowly Aston Villa at home. It wasn’t a surprise considering the Black Cats have just four victories in their 29 league outings and are a single point above the relegation zone with nine contests left in the campaign.
Advocaat suddenly becomes the oldest manager in the Premier League and although he has more than 30 years of experience it’s the first time he’s managed in England. He’s had more managerial jobs than Sven Goran Eriksson and Rafael Benitez and depending on your point of view that could be a good sign or a bad one. Advocaat is well known in Britain as he spent four years with Glasgow Rangers and won a pair of league and cup doubles with the Scottish team. He’s also been hired by several national teams in the past including twice by Holland. Advocaat has also had stints with Belgium, Russia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Serbia.
His last job was with Serbia, but after just four months with the team he was shown the door and has been out of work since December. Advocaat has also won league titles with Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg and PSV Eindhoven of Holland. Advocaat’s other claim to fame is that he has never had a team relegated during his three-decade career. That feat will certainly be put to the test for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign with Sunderland. His first game in charge with the northeast ream will be this weekend when Sunderland heads south to Upton Park in London to take on West Ham United.