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Sunderland’s Advocaat won’t have Black Cats purring for long

| 17.03.2015

Dick Advocaat’s time at Sunderland looks likely to be short, but not necessarily sweet, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

The bookmaker has the Mackems at 1/2 to stay up in the wake of the Dutchman’s arrival though the odds on the ex-Rangers manager not being in charge next term have been slashed to 1/10.

Worse still, the 67-year-old is just 8/1 to be sacked before the conclusion of the current Premier League campaign.

Those prices come as Advocaat prepares to take the reins at the Stadium of Light following a series of short stints on both the domestic and international scene.

All told, the Dutchman has spent less than a year in six of his last seven jobs with his most recent post, in charge of the Serbia national side, lasting around four months.

Little wonder then that Sunderland stand at 6/4 with the bookmakers for the drop, despite the fact that they remain outside of the relegation zone.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Having toyed with retirement after his second spell at PSV Eindhoven the odds suggest Advocaat could be a stop-gap and not a very good one at that.”

Things could get even worse with the Dutchman in charge though and the Black Cats are a tempting 12/1 to finish bottom of the pile in the Premier League this season.

Advocaat endured a lean few years in management, with his last major piece of silverware coming back in 2008 when he guided Zenit St Petersburg to victory in the UEFA Cup.

A former Rangers manager who won a sensational domestic treble during the 1998-99 season at Ibrox, he was a surprise choice to replace Gus Poyet following Sunderland’s 4-0 home loss to Aston Villa.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.