Dick Advocaat’s return to Sunderland has prompted a change of heart over the futures of out-of-contract pair Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere.
Both Brown and Reveillere were on the Sunderland released list confirmed by the Premier League yesterday, but it is only the latter who has no future at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are expected to confirm by the weekend that Brown has agreed a fresh one-year deal with the Black Cats after the ex-Manchester United defender had been heading to the exit door.
But there will be no contract extension for Reveillere, despite Sunderland agreeing personal terms with the former France international last month over a contract extension.
Advocaat’s U-turn to extend his tenure as Sunderland head coach has been behind both of the reversals, as the Dutchman overhauls his defence for next season.
Despite Brown turning 35, Advocaat still believes that the ex-England international can play a back-up role next season.
After Sunderland had been prepared to release Brown, the Black Cats reached an agreement with him earlier this week and he will now stay for another 12 months, which is likely to bring the curtain down on his career.
However, Sunderland are still likely to be in the market for two new central defenders, with last season’s loanee Sebastian Coates, along with Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk earmarked to fill those voids.
Sunderland will also now need to sign at least one full-back this summer after the decision to release Reveillere.
The 35-year-old’s contract extension had been held up until Sunderland’s permanent head coach was appointed, but Advocaat’s return has prompted the right-back’s departure.
Advocaat is keen to persist with a system that puts the emphasis on the full-backs to get forward, and Reveillere is no longer thought to have the energy to thrive in that set-up.
Reveillere’s only start under Advocaat came in the ex-Holland manager’s opening game in charge of Sunderland at West Ham, before Billy Jones was preferred for the final eight matches.