Advocaat has turned things around at the Black Cats since joining in March and looks to have guided the team to safety, though they are not mathematically safe just yet.
They are three points above safety with one week to go, and have a game in hand over Hull and Newcastle as they travel away to Arsenal on Wednesday.
A point from that game will ensure Advocaat has kept the team in the top flight but he will not stay on as manager next season, despite initially looking set to pen a long-term deal.
He is reportedly under pressure from his wife to stick to his word and leave at the end of his short-term Sunderland contract, calling time on his 28-year managerial career.
The 67-year-old has picked up 11 points from a possible 21 at Sunderland, giving him a win percentage of 43% – a significantly better ratio than Gus Poyet’s 31%.
His departure will leave Sunderland chiefs looking for a new boss over the summer, with West Ham’s Sam Allardyce linked with taking over the reigns.
Has Dick Advocaat turned things around at Sunderland? Do they need him next season?