Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gus Gone, Advocaat Up Next for the Cats; Dutchman Advocaat Set to Take over Reins

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gus Gone, Advocaat Up Next for the Cats; Dutchman Advocaat Set to Take over Reins

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

SUNDERLAND are set to name Dick Advocaat as their seventh boss in four years today - with the possibility of an eighth at the end of the season.

e Black Cats are understood to have held talks with the experienced Dutchman last night; an announcement on Gustavo Poyet's successor as head coach is expected today.

Yesterday Poyet paid the price for Y failing to build on last season's "miracle". He was shown the door after taking training in the morning. Assistants Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway also left.

Poyet replaced Paolo Di Canio in October 2013, and led the club to their rst major cup nal since 1992, losing to Manchester City in the League Cup. Poyet inherited a team with one point from its opening seven league games, but saved them from relegation with a match to spare after a sequence of a draw and four consecutive wins.

He said weeks earlier they would need "a miracle" to avoid dropping into the Championship, and consecutive away results against Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were totally unexpected.

But despite being given nine new players, including PS10m Jack Rodwell and January signing Jermain Defoe, Poyet leaves the club one point above the relegation zone. He admitted on Saturday he expected Sunderland to be performing better than they have this season.

His nal game was an abject surrender to Aston Villa. e Villans had only scored four league goals away all season, but doubled that in the Turn to Page 46 T FROM BACK PAGE first 45 minutes of a 4-0 win. Around half of the 45,000 crowd left the Stadium of Light before Sunderland were booed back on for the second half.

Burnley's surprise win over Manchester City that evening only added to the feeling that change was needed quickly.

Sixty-seven-year-old Advocaat - expected to name eljko Petrovic as his assistant - is a hugely-experienced coach, but this will be his first job in England. …

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