SUNDERLAND chairman Ellis Short has reiterated that the club will reassess the managerial situation in the summer.
Dick Advocaat penned a two-month deal with the Black Cats after succeeding Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light last month.
There is thought to be little prospect of Advocaat remaining at the Stadium of Light in the long-haul, with Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement the front-runner to take the post in the summer.
But Short says Sunderland will reassess their options at the end of the season, with the club still firmly entrenched in the relegation dogfight.
“Dick Advocaat is a football man through and through, and has a wealth of experience at the very highest level,” Short told the matchday programme prior to today’s Wear-Tyne derby.
“He has won titles and succeeded across a number of leagues, on both the domestic and international stage.
“These attributes will stand us in good stead as we aim to move up the table and safeguard our top-flight status.
“In the summer, we will carefully consider the next steps, but for the present time our sole focus must be the next eight games, in which we will fight as hard as we can.”