Dick Advocaat: Sunderland boss to make decision on future

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Emirates Stadium
Emotional Advocaat proud of team

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat will decide on his future next week after guiding the Black Cats to Premier League safety with a draw at Arsenal.

The Dutchman wept tears of joy after a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium that meant the last relegation place now lies between Newcastle and Hull.

Advocaat was appointed until the end of the season when he took over from the sacked Gus Poyet in March.

"I have to think about everything," he said when asked about his future.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat was in tears after the final whistle

Advocaat has one final game in charge, at Chelsea on Sunday, and would not make any further immediate commitment.

But the former Netherlands coach did reveal that if he does quit Sunderland now, it would be his final job in management - as it will be if he continues on Wearside.

"I will give an answer on that next week. If you don't mind I will keep that to myself," added the 67-year-old.

Tears of joy

Advocaat explained he was moved to tears at the final whistle by the achievement of pulling Sunderland out of trouble - and by the reaction of his long-time right-hand man Bert van Lingen.

"It was emotions," he said. "In 25 years we have done everything together.

"He started crying and I did the same. He said 'let it go' so I said 'why not?'"

Advocaat added: "It is not about me. It is about everyone who is involved in the club, the owner Ellis Short and the people in the office, the players.

"The easiest way to work with the team is to start from day one with everyone believing and they did that.

Analysis: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
"Advocaat's poker face gave nothing away at Arsenal but the sight of [owner Ellis] Short beaming and waving in his manager's direction from high in the directors' box after the final whistle suggested he would happily keep him."
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"Nobody was expecting we would do it here against a great team but if you do it on your own, like we did, it gives me a special feeling."

He added: "It was the way they worked, organised, the tactics.

"I kept saying we would stay up if you believe in the players and the qualities you have.

"I said to the players they were not here because they were nice guys - I told them they were here because they were good players."

Wenger bemoans sharpness

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his side effectively clinch third place in the Premier League - unless Manchester United achieve a seven-goal swing against them on Sunday.

Wenger frustrated by lack of goals

But the Frenchman conceded his players looked short of energy after a third successive home game without a goal - and with the FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley coming up on 30 May.

"We can say we dominated possession but we lacked a bit of sharpness in our movement," he said.

"Physically it wasn't an easy game against Manchester United on Sunday and I thought we were a bit jaded.

"We haven't scored in our last three home games and the fact we couldn't score played a big part in our spontaneous attitude in our finishing."

Hull City or Newcastle to go down?

Sunderland's point means Hull City or Newcastle United will join Burnley and QPR in being relegated to the Championship on Sunday.

Steve Bruce's Tigers start the final day of the season two points from safety and will go down if Newcastle win.

Hull manager Steve Bruce (left) and Newcastle manager John Carver (right)

While Hull entertain fourth-placed Manchester United, Newcastle host mid-table West Ham, who are managed by ex-Magpies boss Sam Allardyce.

Former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes his old club could go down.

"I have a feeling Hull might do something in their last game," the England international, who played for the Magpies between 2002 and 2005, told BBC Radio 5 live.

Last day relegation scenario
Hull, who occupy the last relegation spot, entertain Manchester United while Newcastle host West Ham
Steve Bruce's Hull must win or they are definitely down; a Newcastle win will send Hull down whatever their result
If Newcastle draw and Hull win, the Magpies will be relegated on goal difference
Hull have lost their last three games while Newcastle have one point from a possible 30

"Newcastle have been up there in my fears for the last couple of weeks.

"For a long time I couldn't seen them winning a game and with Big Sam going back up there, he will feel he doesn't owe them any favours."

Ex-England defender Danny Mills says Newcastle boss John Carver has been let down by his players.

"For me, Carver had to give the kids a chance, because they have had no passion or commitment whatsoever," Mills, who had a loan spell at Hull in 2006, said on 5 live.

"Every team they have played against has had more desire."

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