LETTER: Sunderland must grab chance to keep Dick Advocaat

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat points to his watch during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat points to his watch during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
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Sunderland will not have a better chance to move forward quickly and positively than by persuading Dick Advocaat to take the Sunderland job.

 Not only is he an experienced manager, who has managed international squads, he will have some fantastic contacts in football who would hopefully ensure, as far as it is possible to do so, that SAFC would bring in a much higher calibre of player than in most cases in our recent past.

 Too many good quality players have been released and replaced by mediocrity, which has resulted in annual fights against relegation while clubs with lesser support, history, traditions and facilities thrive in the Premier League while Sunderland have struggled badly.

 He’s only been on Wearside for a short period but it is clear that he is a cut above recent incumbents of the managerial hot seat.

 He speaks well, there have been no excuses or histrionics when there have been setbacks and the results he has achieved against tough opponents in a pressure cooker situation to secure safety constitutes a footballing miracle.

 A confidence ravaged squad played with a superb mental attitude and competed brilliantly in a way it was impossible to envisage after the pathetic displays, for example, before his arrival at Bradford in he FA cup and Villa at home in the league.

 The difference in players like Gomez, Coates and Jones was almost Lazarus -like.

 Those who point out Dick is getting on in years should remember the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson, who managed well past 67 successfully.

 The Dutchman has already outlined what the club needs in terms of signings to make genuine progress, so let’s utilise his experience and contacts and take SAFC to where they should be with their overall set up and support.

 A chance like this is a rare one-grab it.

Tom Lynn,

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