Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has urged the clubs owner to give Dick Advocaat the manager position past the end of the season.

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advocaat kdkAdvocaat was hired last month on a contract until the end of the season, with the task of guiding the club to safety. Despite a defeat in his first game in charge, Advocaat’s side defeated fierce rivals Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday and are on course to avoid relegation in 15th place.

Ex-Sunderland striker Niall Quinn told Sky Sports after the game that the club’s owner Ellis Short should give the Dutchman the managerial job on a long term basis.

Quinn said, “The next man in is the most important now,”

“Sunderland have been hanging on as a football club over the last few years and whoever it is has to be given a project to create something other than this yo-yo club.

“I hope it is Dick Advocaat because he doesn’t have to talk his way through everything, with the experience he has. He’s been there and done it.

“He doesn’t have to make himself known to the world like the last two managers did. Advocaat just goes in there and does it and he seems to have got that level of desire and passion in there already.

“Ellis Short would kill me for saying this, but if he adds his tactical nous and keeps this team up then I would be breaking the bank to make sure he stays and give him a different type of tenure than the previous guys. He could be the man to make a three-to-five-year plan out of it.”

Advocaat has stated that working in the Premier League is a dream come true, and the 67-year-old would undoubtedly consider a long term contract with Sunderland if offered one.

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