Dick Advocaat has hinted he could stay on at Sunderland manager – and says Fabio Borini’s arrival could be good news for Jermain Defoe.
Advocaat initially looked set to retire at the end of last season but eventually decided to remain at Sunderland for another 12 months.
Now, despite a tough start to the season for the Black Cats, the Dutchman has hinted he could put his retirement plans on hold for even longer.
“We’ve got good people here, good staff, people who know the game, who played at a high level and they know the way I work.
“We still have a year to go and, hopefully, we can make some small steps in that time. Let’s wait until the end of the season, but I don’t rule it out, you never know.”
On Defoe, Advocaat was reluctant to single the striker out for praise when questioned but did admit that Borini, who has rejoined the club on a permanent basis from Liverpool, could allow him to play in a central position more often.
“I do not intend to do anything special with Jermain because then I have to do it with all the others,” Advocaat said.
“He is part of a squad of players and he gets well paid like all the others to do well for Sunderland.
“He has scored two (league) goals…. You want me to say something special? Maybe at the end of the season.
“It is not good to point that out about Defoe, it’s about the group. When we are a little bit further along the season, maybe you can ask me again.’
“We know that (playing out wide) is not his (Defoe’s) favourite position and I know that as well, so we’re looking forward now a little bit what we can do with the new players.”
Defoe and Borini were both named in the Sunderland starting line-up to face Tottenham at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.