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Advocaat offered new deal at Sunderland but…..

Last week Sunderland offered Dick Advocaat a contract to manage the club into next season.advoc

The former Rangers manager was in tears as his side earned a point away to Arsenal on Tuesday night to guarantee their Premier League survival.

The 67 year-old joined the club in March on a deal until the end of the season with the Black Cats just a point outside the relegation zone.

Since then, the ‘Little General,’ as he is nicknamed, has won three of his eight games at the helm and lost just twice.

Advocaat confirmed that he has been made an offer to stay on as manager; and that he will let club chairman Ellis Short know his decision next week. “They have made me an offer, yes,” Advocaat told the Daily Mail.DickAdvocatt

“It is in principle not so important in that way, it is also important what the club wants. Can they invest or not? That’s also important to know for myself before I take that decision.”

However, the former Dutch national team boss said his decision will not be based solely on the resources made available to him; “The family has a say in this, yes, but I don’t want to discuss that on a wider basis. Let’s wait and see next week.

“I have said already many times, I have to discuss it and I haven’t done it yet. I will start doing that next week, but I want to tell [the club] as quickly as possible.

“I have to make the decision next week, and I will tell the people from Sunderland on Thursday what I will do.”

In the meantime, Sunderland travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Champions Chelsea in their final game of the season.

Then Today he decided…..

“I had a very good talk with the owner and I think it’s better to stop now, despite them giving me an opportunity to sign for three, two or even one year. They have my number if the want to know something or if they want my advice.”

But he kept the door open for other positions with Sunderland by saying, “They can always call me because this club is in my heart. I have only retired as a club coach, but not if a country is coming. That was the case before Sunderland as well; I had stopped working for clubs. I would still be open to working for a country.”

Sunderland owner Ellis Short said: “Although I am extremely disappointed, I understand and absolutely respect his decision. In his brief time here he made a real impact and lifted the club with his experience and enthusiasm. We will always be grateful to him for what he achieved.”

In the end he had promised his family he would retire from club football, and has stuck by his word.

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