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Advocaat Reaffirms Sunderland Commitment

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat insists he is 100 per cent committed to the club and will see out the rest of the season at the Stadium of Light.

The Dutchman originally arrived in the north east in March and guided the team to Premier League survival last season before signing a new one-year deal with the club in the summer.

The 67-year-old has endured a much tougher start to the current season after seeing the Black Cats slump to back-to-back defeats against Leicester and Norwich in the opening two games.

The Wearsiders have responded well to the defeats and came from behind to earn a credible draw with Swansea last weekend before putting six goals past League Two side Exeter in the second round of the Capital One Cup in midweek.

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Advocaat has confirmed he never had any intention to leave the club during their difficult spell and he is determined to enjoy a successful campaign in the north east.

He told reporters: “Me? 100%. I have never said in my opinion that I will quit this club. The media made that kind of suggestion a little bit. I never reacted on that. I have never said I had the intention to leave.”

The former Rangers manager went on to confirm he is looking forward to the transfer window closing on Tuesday so he can fully concentrate on the players he has at his disposal.

He said: “Everything starts on Tuesday [when the transfer window shuts] because everyone knows this is your squad, and you have to do it with that. I have a really great feeling with this club.”

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