After a run of poor results, which has seen them pick up just one win since Christmas, Sunderland took the decision to sack Gus Poyet on Monday and have already pounced to replace him with a far more experienced manager in the form of Dick Advocaat.
The Dutchman has been named as head coach until the end of the season with the possibility of a new deal should he keep the side up.
He boasts an impressive resume and, if The Black Cats are to avoid relegation from the English top flight, he just might be the man to lift the spirits at the Stadium of Light.
Advocaat has a wealth of experience and success on the international scene having managed the Netherlands twice, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and, most recently, Serbia.
Something that will encourage Sunderland though is his domestic CV.
He has won the Eredivisie title with PSV Eindhoven, the Russian Premier Liga with Zenit St Petersburg, and the domestic treble with Rangers in his first season.
Advocaat also clinched the 2008 UEFA Cup with Zenit before masterminding a victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup that same year.
This new post will be relatively new to him as he takes charge of a club in the bottom four of the league and will surely need to pick up at least four victories in these crucial nine fixtures.
Speaking to the media following his appointment, the 67-year-old made it clear that he already has one eye on this weekend’s meeting with out-of-form West Ham United.
“Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.”
The Black Cats still face tough away trips to Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea so home ties against the likes of Newcastle United and Leicester City are now must-win games.