Alan Smith gives verdict on Sunderland appointment, compares Allardyce to Tony Pulis

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Alan Smith believes Sunderland have made a sensible appointment in Sam Allardyce.

Pundit Alan Smith has told Sky Sports that he believes Sunderland have made a sensible appointment in the form of Sam Allardyce.

The Black Cats had to search for a new manager after Dick Advocaat left the club on Sunday afternoon, and they have moved quickly to replace the Dutchman.

Allardyce, 60, returns to Sunderland having played as a defender for the club during the 1980's, and has the difficult task of stabilising a Sunderland side which has struggled in recent years.

'Big Sam' has a reputation for building solid Premier League sides, and whilst he has struggled in the North East once, during a torrid spell as Newcastle manager, he is now hoping for better this time around with Sunderland.

Pundit Alan Smith has been discussing Allardyce's move, and told Sky Sports that Sunderland have a made a sensible choice - whilst he also compared Allardyce to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his ability to build solid Premier League teams.

"If you're looking to get out of a bit of bother in the Premier League, Sam's your go-to man really, a bit like Tony Pulis," said Smith. "He knows what it takes to survive in this league. He knows it inside out, and he's done it plenty of times. It's a sensible decision; rather than going with potential, with somebody coming in from a different country, different league, they've gone with tried and trusted, a track record, in Sam," he added.

Pulis not only saved Crystal Palace in the 2013/14 season, but he also dragged West Brom away from danger last term, proving his ability to stabilise struggling top flight clubs.

Sunderland are now hoping that Allardyce can do the same for them, given that they have yet to win a game this season - and if Smith is right, Allardyce should be the right man for the job at the Stadium of Light.

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