Dick Advocaat has turned down the chance to extend his stay at Sunderland after going ahead with his plans to retire.
Advocaat tonight confirmed to Sunderland that he was rejecting the opportunity to stay at the Stadium of Light, despite being offered a two-year to take charge of the Black Cats.
Sunderland were desperate to keep hold of the 67-year-old after he had fulfilled his remit of keeping the club in the Premier League.
But after speaking with family after Sunday’s final game of the season at Spurs, the 67-year-old has decided to return to his native Holland.
“At certain moments in your life you have to make a decision and I am almost 68 years old now,” said Advocaat.
“A number of clubs contacted me but the decision was always Sunderland or nobody.
“I would like to thank the chairman, Lee (Congerton, sporting director) the staff and of course the fans.
“We gave everything in our time there and achieved what we set out to. Sunderland has been one of the highlights of my career.”