Dick Advocaat immediately takes first Sunderland training session

Dick Advocaat.
Dick Advocaat.
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NEW SUNDERLAND boss Dick Advocaat has immediately started work on keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League.

It has been a whirlwind 48 hours for Advocaat, who only arrived in the North East last night to complete the formalities of his short-term deal with Sunderland as Gus Poyet’s replacement.

But having been confirmed as Sunderland’s head coach until the end of the season, Advocaat arrived early at the Academy of Light this morning before introducing himself to the Black Cats squad.

Advocaat then took charge of his first training session, alongside first-team coach Zeljko Petrovic and academy coach Paul Bracewell, who has been asked to help with first-team duties.

The 67-year-old has nine games to secure Sunderland’s Premier League status, with the club just one point and one place above the bottom three.

The vastly-experienced former Rangers boss begins his reign at West Ham on Saturday night.