Greek midfielder Charias Mavrias is hoping to resurrect his Sunderland career under new manager Dick Advocaat, after announcing that he is back at the Stadium of Light for pre-season after spending the second half of last season on loan at former side Panathinaikos.
This will be Mavrias’ third season on Wearside and second one where he will be involved in the club’s pre-season. He is desperate to get playing time, and convince the manager that he be an important first-team player for Sunderland.
Third different managers
Advocaat will be Marvias’ third different manager at Sunderland since signing for club on 22 August 2013 from Panathinaikos, having come through the Greek sides youth system.
He was signed by then director of football Roberto De Fanti when Paolo Di Canio was the manager. Just a few weeks after joining the club, Di Canio was sacked and replaced by Gus Poyet.
Marvias struggled to make an impression on the new man in charge, only making six appearances in his first season in England. He seemed to have impressed Poyet in pre-season last season, featuring prominently in Sunderland games as they prepared for the coming season.
Poyet even spoke in glowing terms about the midfielder, but he was never given a chance in the first-team once the season got underway. In the January transfer window, he returned to Panathinaikos on loan until the end of the season.
With Marvias now entering the final year of the three-year contract he signed when joining the club, it’s make or break time for the player, who has five international caps for Greece.
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