Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Is Not about Me - Advocaat; This Is Not about Me, Says Cats Boss Dick

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Is Not about Me - Advocaat; This Is Not about Me, Says Cats Boss Dick

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Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

DICK Advocaat is playing down talk of his tenure at Sunderland extending beyond the end of the current season.

Crystal Palace are the visitors to the Stadium of Light today as the Black Cats continue their quest to retain Premier League status, their head coach refusing to be distracted from that task by discussing his own long-term future.

"My situation is not important. The most important thing is the team improving," said the Dutchman, whose side are three points and the same number of places above the drop zone following Sunday's derby win over Newcastle.

"I'm a demanding manager and the players can always do more but we will wait and see with my situation."

The well-travelled Advocaat is no stranger to silverware, saying the plaudits around their derby triumph are nothing new.

"I'm not being arrogant but that is a normal situation for me," he said when asked if support for him was growing.

"At the clubs I have worked at and the prizes I have won it is normal for the fans to think that way. It is good to be back in club management. I enjoy working with people."

On his first Premier League posting he added: "I could have come to England after Rangers but the national team of Holland came. After that I went from club to club and country to country and I never had the chance.

"My friend Frank Arnesen brought me here. I also had a chance to come here with Fulham but it did not interest me."

Faced with the task of channelling their derby-day positivity into a more lasting Turn to Page 90 FROM BACK PAGE improvement, Advocaat insists the squad is remaining grounded.

"The players realise this is only the start," he said, with Jack Rodwell poised to return for the suspended Seb Larsson.

"That is the feeling we must have because we need points. …

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