Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season.
Advocaat replaces Gus Poyet, who was sacked on Monday with Sunderland a point clear of the relegation places, and the Dutchman has nine games to preserve the club’s Premier League status.
The job is the 67-year-old Advocaat’s first in England.
His first task is to prepare a side for this weekend’s trip to West Ham.
“Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said. “We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.”
Advocaat has more than 30 years’ coaching experience and has won league titles in three different countries, most recently in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg in 2007.
His international teams include the Netherlands, twice, and Belgium, although a short spell with Serbia ended last November after just four games.