Despite guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety, Dick Advocaat has decided to leave his position as coach.

  • By Michael Bell
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advocaat sunderAdvocaat joined the club last March on a deal until the end of the season, but Sunderland were hoping to convince the Dutchmen to stay on after being impressed with his leadership.

However Advocaat has now announced his decision to leave the club, with the 67-year-old set to retire from management and return to the Netherlands.

A statement from Advocaat on the Sunderland website read, “At certain moments in your life you have to make a decision and I am almost 68 years old now. A number of clubs contacted me but the decision was always Sunderland or nobody.

“I would like to thank the chairman, Lee, the staff and of course the fans. We gave everything in our time there and achieved what we set out to. Sunderland has been one of the highlights of my career.”

Sunderland will draw an end to a thirty year managerial career which has seen Advocaat coach clubs such as Ajax, Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach, while also managing Netherlands, Russia and Belgium.

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