Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray told talkSPORT that he feels Sam Allardyce would be a good choice as the club’s next manager.
Allardyce was let go by West Ham as soon as their final game of the season last weekend against Newcastle United had been completed and he’ll now be on the lookout for new job offers.
The Daily Mail was among the many sources to report the news that Dick Advocaat has decided not to stay with the Black Cats for next year, after he guided them to safety which was his main mission at the Stadium of Light.
“Sam’s got a great record in the Premier League and that’s what Sunderland need right now; someone who can get us up and into the mid-table positions without fretting at the end of every single season, like we have done over the last five,” he said.
Allardyce certainly has the experience needed to consolidate Sunderland as a top flight club.
He established West Ham back in the Premier League after they came up from the Championship and he knows how to get results based around a very specific style of football.
One of the issues that West Ham fans seemed to have with Allardyce was the way he encouraged his team to play, with doubts over whether he’s capable of building a team around more sophisticated tactics.
What Sunderland fans can be sure of is that he’ll come in and do the basics effectively, working around the key players and the main strengths in the squad to make the team very difficult to break down and defeat.
He’s also experienced in terms of the transfer market and needs to be backed over any new players he requests, if Sunderland decide he’s the man they want to pin their hopes on.