Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has spoken of his delight at Dick Advocaat’s decision to have a rethink and commit to a full year as manager.
The Dutchman’s U-turn was welcomed by the experienced centre-back, who is away with the Republic of Ireland to prepare for Sunday’s friendly against England and next weekend’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland.
O’Shea told www.safc.com: “The boss came in last season and lifted everybody at the club – players, staff and fans. He got the best out of everybody, giving the team the confidence and belief that we could stay in the top flight. He brought a lot of experience and knowledge.
“His CV speaks for itself and he has achieved so much in football so it’s great that he is at Sunderland.
“He knows the club, what is needed and how we can push onto the next level. The fans love him too, so I’m sure it will be a season that we can all look forward to.
“We all know there is a lot of work to be done over the summer and with new faces added during pre-season, we can all push on together. This is a positive time for everybody associated with SAFC.”