Ray Parlour praises Sunderland board for hiring Sam Allardyce, impressed with speed of deal

Arsenal legend Parlour has praised Sunderland for hiring Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce was named Sunderland boss last week, and Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT that he is the perfect man for the job, whilst also praising the speed at which the Black Cats brought him in.

Parlour said: “He’s certainly the right man for the job. What they’ve done is they have moved early, and thought ‘lets get our man!’.”

Parlour is certainly not alone in thinking Allardyce is the right man for the job, with many suggesting that Sunderland could not have brought in a better manager to fight a relegation battle.

He has experience of leading teams away from the relegation zone and establishing them as stable Premier League sides, even if the football he plays is all about results rather than entertainment.

The boss will be looking to sort out the defence as soon as possible, and having been hired last week, he took his first training session on Wearside yesterday.

Being able to already start working with the Black Cats is the area that Parlour is most impressed with, having seen Sunderland’s board immediately move to hire Allardyce when it became clear that they needed a new boss.

The Arsenal great has praised the speed at which the club’s board have moved to bring in the manager, giving Allardyce an entire week of first-team training before he takes charge of his first game this weekend - against West Brom.

Sunderland have looked destined for relegation this season, but with Allardyce in, the future looks much brighter for the Black Cats.

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