Sam Allardyce confirms how many staff he wants to bring in at Sunderland

Sunderland are looking for a new assistant manager, after appointing Sam Allardyce as boss.

Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he only intends to bring in one staff member at Sunderland for the time being. 

The Black Cats appointed Allardyce last week, and the experienced boss is keen to bring in an assistant manager who he can trust. 

However, the 60-year-old does not intend to make wholesale changes to Sunderland's backroom team, and he will assess how well he works with the current staff at the club, before making any final decisions about their futures.

"I have a thought about it, but at the moment there will be one member of staff coming in as my number two and after that we'll see how the rest of the lads work with me," Allardyce said. 

According to the Sunderland Echo, the likes of Phil Brown, Neil McDonald and Peter Reid are amongst the leading candidates to land the job as Allardyce's number two.

Brown and McDonald are both in jobs currently, with the pair in charge of Southend United and Blackpool respectively, while Reid is out of work at the moment.

Whoever Allardyce does appoint will walk into a pressurised environment at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats needing to get points on board quickly.

Sunderland are currently five points away from safety, and they return to action with a game against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. 

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