London - Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has revealed he will wait until next
Thursday before telling the Premier League club whether he will accept
their offer to remain in charge.
Advocaat arrived at the Stadium
of Light on a short-term contract in March and has managed to preserve
the team's top-flight status with an impressive run of just two defeats
in his eight matches.
After Wednesday's goalless draw at Arsenal
ensured they would avoid relegation, the Dutchman was told by owner
Ellis Short that he could stay in charge next season.
67-year-old former Glasgow Rangers boss, who has said he will retire
when he leaves Sunderland, plans to take his time before deciding if the
Black Cats can match his ambitions.
"They have made me an offer, yes," Advocaat told reporters on Friday.
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."
To be certain of avoiding
another stressful relegation battle if he stays, Advocaat wants Short
to guarantee he will fund a major overhaul of a squad that has required
late-season surges to stay up over the last two years.
discussing that, but he is a very clever man. In principle, he would
like more on a regular basis to become more from 10th to the better
places. But you also know that you have to invest, otherwise in this
league you have no chance," Advocaat added.
"Our players have done
really, really well in the last eight games, but they need an injection
of fresh new players to get more competition in the squad - but not in
quantity, in quality."
The Dutchman has had detailed conversations
to have with both Short and sporting director Lee Congerton, but he
also needs to talk to his wife after promising her the Sunderland job
would be his last in football.
"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," he said.
"I have to make the decision next week, and I will tell the people from Sunderland on Thursday what I will do."