London: English Premier League strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday named former Dutch national coach Dick Advocaat as their new manager.
Sunderland quickly made the appointment after sacking Gus Poyet on Monday after a stinging 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. The 67-year was named as coach for the rest of the season in a club statement.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: "Dick has an incredible CV and vast experience of managing at the very highest level. We have one aim only now -- to climb the table and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us."
Advocaat said: "Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can`t wait to get started."