first_imgSunderland manager Dick Advocaat insists he will not be walking away from the club.The Dutchman replaced Gus Poyet as Black Cats boss in March on a short-term deal and steered them to safety last season.He duly signed a one-year contract to lead the north-east club during the 2015-16 campaign, but has been linked with a swift departure having recentlry criticised the club’s spending activity.But Advocaat, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, insists he remains fully committed to their cause and plans to see out the season.“I never said that I will quit this club. I hope I can stay until the end of the season,” Advocaat told a press conference ahead of the Black Cats’ league encounter at Aston Villa on Saturday, as quoted by several national newspapers.“Honestly. This is a great club, I really mean that. I have been at many great clubs but this is a really special one.”Sunderland have claimed just a point from their opening three games of the season, but Advocaat is adamant they will bounce back.“I have had a good talk with the president and also the players this week. The team will be there for me,” he added.“We did it last year [avoid relegation] and we will do the same again. That is the feeling I have now – and we know how to do it with the players.” Dick Advocaat 1last_img