Alan Shearer says Sunderland’s new boss Sam Allardyce is the most underrated in the game

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Alan Shearer believes Sam Allardyce is the perfect appointment for Sunderland.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes Sunderland have made an excellent decision in appointing ‘most underrated’ Sam Allardyce as manager, writing in his blog for The Sun.

The 60-year-old boss signed a two-year deal with the Black Cats last Friday, with his task this season no other than keeping the struggling side in the Premier League.

Sunderland currently sit second from bottom and five points adrift of safety, yet Shearer believes he is the ideal man for the challenge and vastly underrated by observers around the country.

“Probably the most underrated manager in the game, he [Sam Allardyce] has decided on a return to take up the challenge at Sunderland. Another perfect fit in my opinion, for Sunderland need a man like him to stabilise the club,” Shearer explained to The Sun.

“Everywhere he goes he makes clubs safe and then starts moving them forward. Most notably of course at Bolton, while the work he did at West Ham was not appreciated as much as it should have been.”

“He is often given unfair labels for the way he plays the game simply because he upsets the big teams and managers clutch for excuses as to why they have lost.”

Biggest challenge yet:

In what may be his last ever managerial job, Sam Allardyce has certainly picked a good one as Sunderland arguably represent the biggest challenge of his career thus far.

The Black Cats have an unbalanced squad, a leaky defence, a lack of genuine creativity and the simple factor of being winless in their opening eight Premier League matches, losing five.

The former West Ham United boss has plenty of experience in such situations and with 90 points still left to play for, reaching that magical 40-mark is certainly not beyond him.

Allardyce’s debut with Sunderland sees him travel to West Bromwich Albion next weekend.

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