New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told The Sun that making sure Sunderland are a Premier League club in 2017 is his top target.
Allardyce, 60, was appointed Black Cats boss on Friday evening, replacing Dick Advocaat following the Dutchman's departure a week ago.
The former West Ham boss has been called upon to help steer Sunderland away from relegation trouble, with no Premier League wins so far this term.
Black Cats supporters believe Allardyce can be the man to reverse Sunderland's recent fortunes, and the man himself also has faith in his ability to ensure Sunderland's Premier League status.
Speaking to The Sun following his appointment, Allardyce has said that his aim by 2017 is to make sure Sunderland are still in the Premier League.
The new boss also added that, whilst his managerial career is heading towards the end, he still wants to win a Wembley cup final, but will prioritise Sunderland's Premier League status.
"At my stage of life, two years is long enough to know when I get to the end of the contract if we want to go any further or not," said Allardyce. "If Sunderland are still in the Premier League in 2017 we will have achieved what we’ve set out to do."
"I’ve nothing left to prove except to myself. I still want to go to Wembley and win a cup but not to the detriment to our Premier League status. The main reason I’m here is to get this club out of trouble. That’s what I do best and hopefully I can prove that in the next seven months," he added.
After multiple years of battling relegation, Sunderland need Allardyce to come in and stabilise the team, with the aim of establishing themselves as a comfortable Premier League side - just as he did in previous spells with Blackburn Rovers and West Ham.