Monday 24 October 2016

Fans' thank you to Advocaat's wife

Published 04/06/2015 | 21:51

Dick Advocaat has agreed to stay on as Sunderland manager
Dick Advocaat has agreed to stay on as Sunderland manager

Grateful Sunderland fans have raised more than £1,100 to buy flowers for their returning manager's wife.

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Dick Advocaat changed his mind over remaining in charge at the Stadium of Light, having said he would leave at the end of the season because his wife wanted him to retire.

The clamour from fans and chairman Ellis Short after the 67-year-old guided them to Premier League safety was such that he decided to stay on in England for another year, rather than go home to Holland.

And grateful Sunderland fans set up a GoFundMe page for online donations for his wife, which topped £1,100 six hours after being started.

They said it was set up by users of the Sunderland Message Board "to give Mrs Advocaat a big thank you for giving us another year of the little general!"

Supporters decided anything over £150 will be split between the SAFC Foundation and a charity of her choice.

Sunderland fans were praised last year when they set up a similar fund for John Alder and Liam Sweeney, fans of arch-rivals Newcastle United, who were killed in the MH17 air disaster. Originally set up to buy floral tributes, online donations reached £33,000.

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