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Liverpool great Thompson backs ex-Rangers, Zenit boss Advocaat for Sunderland job

Phil Thompson believes Dick Advocaat is a great candidate for the now-vacant Sunderland role.

The Wearside club sacked Gus Poyet on Monday after falling to within just one point of the relegation zone which has prompted plenty of speculation regarding a possible replacement.

Former PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Zenit Saint Petersburg boss Advocaat has already been heavily touted as a potential successor to Poyet and former Liverpool star Thompson feels he would be the right man for the job.

"Someone like Dick Advocaat fits the bill. I think it's a challenge that would appeal to him, even if it's just for the nine games," he told Sky Sports.

"He's available and very, very experienced, so maybe that's the sensible short-term option."

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