Dick Advocaat made a U-turn and decided to take Sunderland's job offer after he kept them up as interim last season. Here's a look at what to expect from Sunderland as we approach the new campaign.
Advocaat approaches his first full season as a Premier League boss aiming for a solid mid-table berth to confound gloomy assumptions that Sunderland are once again bottom six certainties.
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Sunderland's third and final chance to avoid defeat on their brief North American tour presents the fascinating prospect of a battle for supremacy between Jozy Altidore and Jermain Defoe when Dick Advocaat's side play Toronto FC on Wednesday.
The two strikers moved between the clubs in an exchange deal in January and each has generally performed better after making the move.
Defoe was hardly prolific in Sunderland's grim second half of the season but his four goals from 17 starts were important,...