Dick Advocaat has rejected the opportunity to become permanent head coach at Sunderland.
The Black Cats confirmed on Wednesday evening that the 67-year-old, who was drafted in in March for just nine games in which he was able to secure the club's Barclays Premier League status, would not be returning to Wearside.
Chairman Ellis Short said: "Although I am extremely disappointed, I understand and absolutely respect his decision. In his brief time here, he made a real impact and lifted the club with his experience and enthusiasm. We will always be grateful to him for what he achieved."
Advocaat revealed he had…