Defoe ‘shocked’ with Advocaat’s U-turn at Sunderland

Jermain Defoe and Dick Advocaat
Jermain Defoe and Dick Advocaat

Jermain Defoe has compared Dick Advocaat to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho – and admits he was ‘shocked’ at the Dutchman’s U-turn.

Advocaat yesterday confirmed he was returning to the Stadium of Light as Sunderland head coach, having initially turned down the offer.

I was shocked more than anything because it is a massive U-turn

Jermain Defoe

And striker Defoe insists everyone at the club will be delighted with the news – and that the 67-year-old lets players know exactly where they stand.

“I was shocked more than anything because it’s a massive U-turn,” said Defoe.

“But he’s probably looked at it and thought it’s a great opportunity to come back to the club and do something special next season. He was a good guy. I can imagine everyone is delighted at the club,

“He’s a really straight guy. Every day, everyone’s got to perform in training. If you’re not going to perform, you’re not going to play – it’s as simple as that.

“Away from that, he’s a really nice man, a really nice guy and you can have a laugh with him. But when it’s time to work, you work.

“He is similar to what I hear Jose Mourinho is like, (Carlo) Ancellotti — really nice guys, but when it is time to work, they work.”