Advocaat sees bright future

The Black Cats are one of three teams, along with Hull and Newcastle, fighting to stay in the Premier League and need one point from their final two games to guarantee safety.

The 67-year-old Dutchman joined the relegation-threatened club with nine games of the season to go and seven matches into his reign, he has helped secure 11 of the 21 points available.

Advocaat, who will not make any decisions on his future until the end of the season, has been impressed with the infrastructure in place at the club and believes the potential is there for the club to be much more competitive than it has in recent seasons.

“I’m very excited but the sooner we get the point the better,??? Advocaat said. ???Everybody is expecting us to lose and that makes it easier for us.

???We have all worked very hard ??? all of the staff, not only me and the players ??? to stay up. For this club it is crucial to stay up. Then everybody knows what they have to do for the next couple of years because this is a great club and a great stadium.

???The facilities here are fantastic so everything is there to play on a different level than they have for the last five years.???

Sunderland host Arsenal on Wednesday in their penultimate league game of the season before travelling to champions Chelsea on the final day.

Advocaat accepts securing a point against either Arsenal or Chelsea will be difficult but feels if the team can repeat the performance they gave against Everton last week, when they won 2-0 at Goodison Park, they will stand a good chance.

“We will give everything to get a point but it is a great team,??? he added. ???In this game you have to show yourself as a football player.

“We will fight from the beginning to the end. Getting a point will be better for my heart as well. We have to make it as hard as possible defensively and be sharp. Maybe we can do something sneaky like we did at Everton.???