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Sunderland AFC have just announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager on a two-year deal.
Allardyce is no stranger to the Black Cats having spent a season playing for the club and was also the Director of Youth during Peter Reid’s early days at the club. Allardyce began his managerial career as the assistant manager at West Bromwich Albion which was followed with his first official managerial role at Limerick. After Limerick, Allardyce went on to manage Preston North End, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.
Personally, I’m happy with the appointment. ‘Big Sam’ is an excellent motivator who knows about the club and the region, and his no-nonsense approach to management has seen him bring out the best out of aging players and will no doubt steady the ship. Plus, he’s got Premier League experience with 437 Premier League matches to his name. For the first time in a long time, I’m actually happy with who we’ve appointed. Sam always has this unhealthy tag about being a long ball merchant, but it’s brought some quality results with some unfashionable teams. Look what he achieved at Bolton Wanderers. He guided the club into Europe and signed players like Campo, Djorkaeff, Hierro and the legend that is Jay Jay Okocha.
I mentioned that he’s often branded as a long ball merchant and a lot of Sunderland fans frown upon that. It doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes you’ve got to fight dirty whenever your back is against the wall and if it keeps us up I’ll be happy.
Given time I reckon that Sam Allardyce would be a massive hit with Sunderland. Providing that he’s given time and the backing by the owners.
If you’re a Sunderland fan, what do you think? Is Sam the man or would you’ve have gone with someone else? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be back again with more Sunderland news and reviews in the future.