Sunderland captain John O’Shea has hailed the return of Dick Advocaat as a great bit of business.
Advocaat was today named the new head coach after a dramatic U-turn having originally decided against extending his stay on Wearside.
But the Dutchman was encouraged back and has signed a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light - to the delight of the Black Cats skipper.
“The boss came in last season and lifted everybody at the club – players, staff and fans,” said O’Shea.
“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 to the club.”
O’Shea is currently preparing for Republic of Ireland’s friendly against England on Sunday.
O’Shea added: “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,” added O’Shea, who was speaking to the club’s website.