Who's the boss? Advocaat's wife might have a say on his time at Sunderland
Dick Advocaat sounded like a man in a hurry.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he said after he was announced as the man to save Sunderland from relegation.
Then again, perhaps he really is rushing for time - because of his boss at home.
According to Dutch journalist Arno Vermeule, the Dutch manager’s wife has allowed him only two months in Sunderland.
Said Vermeule: “His wife doesn’t allow him to work abroad for a long time. He has to be at home next year so she allows him to work for two months in England for Sunderland.
“He as a coach is capable to do the job in two months, he is technically very good, he has the qualities to put a lot of energy in the team. He did it in the past, two years ago at Alkmaar, so it can be very successful in England.”
Advocaat, 67, comes with impressive credentials. Besides stints with clubs such as PSV Eindhoven, Zenit St Petersburg and Glasgow Rangers, he has also coached six different national teams, including Holland, Russia and Belgium.
His most recent assignment ended last November, after he resigned as the coach of Serbia.
Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet, who was dismissed following a spell of only one victory in a dozen league games.