Departed Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat says fellow Dutchman Phillip Cocu is NOT in the running to succeed him at the Stadium of Light.
Cocu’s odds to become the next Sunderland boss have fallen dramatically over recent days, while reports over the weekend indicated that the ex-Barcelona midfielder was in the running for the position.
But Advocaat, who has been advising Sunderland over his successor, has told Dutch television that there is no substance to the speculation.
“Sunderland have not contacted Phillip Cocu,” he said.
Advocaat equally squashed suggestions over ex-Eintracht Frankfurt boss Armin Veh, whose services have been offered to Sunderland.
Meanwhile, ex-Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement has been confirmed as Derby’s new boss after penning a three-year deal with the Rams.
Clement had been interesting Sunderland for several months as a long-term replacement for Gus Poyet.
But it is understood Sunderland became increasingly wary of taking a chance on a candidate with no front-line managerial experience, particularly after the impact made by 67-year-old Advocaat.