The 67-year-old Dutchman has been announced by the relegation-threatened club today following the sacking of Gus Poyet yesterday.

He can expect to earn around £25,000 a week for the remaining nine games of the season.

But he will also bank a cool £500,000 bonus if he keeps the Black Cats up.

Poyet was sacked on the phone by owner Ellis Short in the wake of Saturday's 4-0 home drubbing against Aston Villa after 18 months in charge.

Advocaat has been out of work since quitting the Serbian national job in November.

He has vast managerial experience having also had two spells in charge of Holland and has also been in charge of the South Korea, Belgium and Russian national sides.