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Photograph of the week I



A tearful Dick Advocaat celebrates keeping Sunderland in the Premier League after drawing at Arsenal.

The 67-year-old Dutchman was pushed over the edge of emotion by the sight of his long-time assistant Bert van Lingen in a similarly reduced state after the Black Cats secured the point they needed to stay up with a goalless draw at Arsenal.

Advocaat had nine games to save Sunderland from relegation when he replaced Gus Poyet after the Uruguayan was sacked by owner Ellis Short following the 4-0 home defeat at Aston Villa on 14 March.

The fact Advocaat achieved safety with a fixture to spare is another achievement on the CV of one of the game’s most widely travelled and experienced managers – and gives Sunderland the chance to rebuild after their latest great escape.


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