Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has made decision on his future

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Dick Advocaat has made a decision over his future, but is not yet ready to make it public.

Multiple sources have indicated that both Sunderland head coach Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton will leave their positions at the Stadium of Light.

But Advocaat refused to be drawn on his future after what was expected to the final game of his tenure against West Ham today, although he admits he knows in his own mind what lies in store.

“Yes, I have made a decision,” said Advocaat.

“I don’t want to discuss my own future, you will hear it this way or the other way. Let’s wait and see.”

However, there were strong indications on the touchline that Advocaat is on his way.

He appeared to be in tears when Jeremain Lens put Sunderland 2-0 up, while he enjoyed a warm hug with counterpat Slaven Bilic afterwards, when the Hammers boss urged him to stay put.

“I am always emotional after goals because we don’t score that many goals!” Advocaat said when asked about the tears.

“I was very surprised the way we played. They played really well.”

If the game does prove to be Advocaat’s finale, then it was an excellent send-off, as Sunderland produced their best 45-minute performance in recent memory.

Sunderland raced into a two-goal lead through Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens and then had chances to put the game to bed.

But Carl Jenkinson pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, and after Lens was sent off for a second yellow card, the Hammers grabbed a share of the spoils.

Advocaat said: “The way we played today was very, very positive for everybody. There was not a player who was not in the game.

“We showed the commitment that you need in football defensively, but also when we had the ball.

“It was a joy to watch from the side and also for the crowd.

“We could have scored three or four goals against a side as good as West Ham, but we didn’t give them the opportunity to come and play their own game.

“Out of one of the few chances they had, they scored one in the last minute.

“If you go in 2-0 instead of 2-1, there’s still a big difference. But that’s the way it goes.

“The second half was more in balance, but then the red card changed the game and then we had to work even more to keep even one point.

“Also the second goal was a joke, the way we gave that away, in my opinion – maybe I am allowed to say that – and that’s frustrating because it’s not the first time we have given that kind of goal away at this level.

“But overall, I am very proud of what they showed today, the commitment was really great.”