Sam Allardyce has conceded that his belief of a strong working relationship with owner Ellis Short was the deciding factor in his decision to become Sunderland’s new manager, The Sun reports.
The 60-year-old boss signed a two-year deal with the Black Cats on Friday after lengthy talks with the club hierarchy and two previous refusals to move to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s current position in the bottom three may not be all too appealing, yet the club has huge potential and a loyal fan base who will be there through good times and bad.
However, speaking exclusively to The Sun, Allardyce disclosed that his deciding factor in becoming Sunderland boss wasn’t to do with the actual cub itself, but the people currently in charge.
“The reason I’m Sunderland manager is my meeting with Ellis Short and the belief that our relationship will be OK,” Allardyce explained to reporters.
“When I first started in management, it was all about dominating the owner and the chairman because they didn’t know anything about football. But that’s not the case anymore.”
“For any manager to succeed, the main part is to have a good working relationship with your owner, chairman and chief exec. The critical decisions will always be about recruitment.”
“Sporting director Lee Congerton, Ellis and myself, we’ll all be working together to make the decisions. That’s the best way forward, the only way to make Sunderland better than they are now.”
The dreaded transfer committee:
Any manager joining a club will have his own ideas on how to run the footballing side with training, playing styles, systems, player roles and squad size among many more important aspects.
Yet, to bring that all together, managers will want to have a big say in recruitment as after all, it is they who have to train the new players and fit them in to their ideal system.
Such clubs, however, have a separate transfer committee and they buy players based on their beliefs and statistical analysis, yet in many cases they simply do not fit in with the manager’s plans.
In order to drive Sunderland forward on the pitch, Allardyce will have his own plans of how they can accomplish that and it seems either a case of doing it his way, or finding somebody else for the task.