Sunderland fans have shown their appreciation to Dick Advocaat’s wife, after she gave in and let the Dutchman make a dramatic U-turn by signing a one-year contract with the Black Cats.
Advocaat, who saved Sunderland from relegation last season, has become a popular figure on Wearside, but it was thought that the 67-year old was going to quit the game to spend more time with his other half.
However after lengthy discussions with the Sunderland board, Advocaat has been convinced to return to the Stadium of Light next season.
As a thank-you present, Sunderland fans have decided to raise money to buy flowers for Mrs Advocaat – however the initial target of £150 has been smashed and has reached in excess of £2000 on the JustGiving page.
The original £150 target will go towards the flowers, while any additional donations will be split between the SAFC foundation and a charity of her choice.
Upon taking over, Advocaat found Sunderland sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone, but by gaining 12 points in their last 9 games, the former Rangers boss steered Sunderland clear of the drop.
The move will prove to be a huge boost for Sunderland, as they can concentrate on preparations for next season as opposed to hunting for a new manager.
Sunderland Chairman, Ellis Short, told the clubs official website: “Dick’s credentials in football are top class and we saw what an impact his vast knowledge and experience had on our team and the club as a whole in just two months. “Sunderland fans took him to their hearts and so did everyone at the club, so we are absolutely thrilled that he will be here longer term.”