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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Fletcher urges Advocaat to stay

Steven Fletcher, pictured, wants Dick Advocaat to stay at Sunderland
Steven Fletcher, pictured, wants Dick Advocaat to stay at Sunderland

Striker Steven Fletcher hopes Dick Advocaat decides to stay at Sunderland after leading the Black Cats to Premier League survival.

Sunderland's safety was assured ahead of Sunday's concluding 3-1 loss at Chelsea, after which Advocaat said he would mull over the offer of a three-year contract and make a swift decision.

Fletcher, who ended his six-month goal drought at Stamford Bridge, told the Sunderland Echo: "If he does stay, that would be great for us next year.

"He's a hero with the Sunderland fans for keeping us up.

"We've reacted to him because he's given us the belief. He's brought the best out of us."

Irrespective of whether or not Advocaat stays, there could be changes aplenty at the Stadium of Light, with Fletcher, who has 12 months left on his current contract, among those linked with exits.

"There will be a lot happening in the summer," Fletcher said.

"There'll be a lot of people leaving too, so it will be interesting to see what happens."

Ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash, the Scotland striker's most recent goal had come in the November 3 defeat of Crystal Palace, but he headed the visitors into the lead before Chelsea rallied.

He added: "It's been a while, so it was good to get on the scoresheet.

"We knew going there that it was going to be hard with them winning the league.

"They keep the ball for fun, and they're nice to watch, even when you're playing against them. But I thought we put in a good performance."

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