Kamara: Advocaat has shown managers aren’t just mercenaries


In an age of multi-billion television deals, greedy agents and fickle footballers it’s easy to feel disconnected from the glittering cast of the Premier League.

But as this week has shown us there are moments that will soften the hearts of even the most hardened operators in world football.

Step forward, Dick Advocaat.

The former Netherlands boss has pretty much been there and done it all across the globe but even he couldn’t contain his emotions when Sunderland secured Premier League survival against Arsenal on Wednesday.

And that, according to Chris Kamara, is great to see.

He told Ladbrokes News: “Dick Advocaat got very emotional. People think football managers are mercenaries but as I tell people all the time it takes over your life.

“It’s too easy to say they don’t care and they’ll just move on but those scenes in midweek prove that no matter how much you’ve done in the game you still care.

“It means more to managers than just the money.”

As a result of their dogged display at the Emirates fans of the Black Cats can sit back and enjoy their trip to face champions Chelsea.

Instead, Hull and arch-rivals Newcastle are left to fight it out with the Magpies 4/1 with Ladbrokes to go through the trap door.

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.