Sunderland chairman heaps praise on Dick Advocaat after Black Cats exit

Sunderland Owner and Chairman Ellis Short
Sunderland Owner and Chairman Ellis Short

Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short has heaped praise on Dick Advocaat and revealed he chose to leave without a financial settlement.

The club’s American owner admits he is “truly saddened” by Advocaat’s departure just four months after agreeing to stay at Sunderland.

But Short has wished the Dutchman well, who said his goodbyes to the players after the draw with West Ham United and flew home to Holland on Saturday night.

Short said: “I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club.

“He is a man of integrity and a true football person. He was hugely respectful of the club in taking this decision and he acted 100% in our best interests.

“It is also testament to his character that he has forgone any kind of a financial settlement, something which is very unusual in football.

“I want to place on record my sincere thanks to Dick.

“He will be remembered with great affection by everyone at Sunderland and there will always be a warm welcome for him here at the Stadium of Light.

“While this isn’t a situation any of us envisaged being in, what is important now is that we regroup quickly and focus on the rest of the season.”