DICK Advocaat says he is looking forward to the challenge at Sunderland.
The 67-year-old is lined up to replace Gus Poyet and lead the fight against relegation for what is left of this season.
Advocaat flew into the North East tonight to take over after Poyet was sacked after 17 months in charge.
Advocaat revealed he will take over initially until the end of the season, and has already got one eye on the Wear-Tyne derby on April 5.
“I’m starting work at the Stadium of Light soon,” he told Dutch media.
“It (the contract) is initially purely for the season.
“West Ham United await on Saturday, then there is the international interruption. After that is the derby against Newcastle United. That’s really something to look forward to.
“For believe me, this is a very big club.”
Advocaat has been out of work since leaving his job as Serbia boss in November.