DICK Advocaat will give Sunderland’s players a “kick up the backside” – and is the perfect man to keep them in the Premier League.
That’s the view of former Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey, who worked under Advocaat in his first spell in charge of the Dutch national team.
Advocaat was this morning confirmed as Sunderland’s new head coach on a deal which runs until the end of the season.
He replaces the sacked Gus Poyet, who left the club just a place and a point above the Premier League relegation zone.
Having worked under him, de Goey is certain the Black Cats could not have made a better choice than Advocaat.
He told talkSPORT: “He is a very good appointment for Sunderland.
“Advocaat is a great coach. I worked with him and if somebody can do it (keep Sunderland up), I think he is the man.
“If you see his record in the past, I think he is the (perfect) man.
“I’d say he’s going to work on the organisation first and get results, because that’s what it’s all about.
“If you get results, you can get the confidence in the team, and from there you can build.
“He gives you a kick up the backside, he is very strict in training, and he has got that fighting spirit all the time.
“He wants the focus, the fighting spirit, for 100 per cent and I think that is what they need at the moment, if you look at where they are in the table.
“They’ve got the right guy, and I’ll be following it from Holland.”