Sam Allardyce wants to emulate Peter Reid at the Stadium of Light

Sam Allardyce has taken over from Dick Advocaat as Sunderland manager.

Sam Allardyce has told Sunderland's official website that he is aiming to emulate the achievements of Peter Reid during his time at the Stadium of Light. 

Reid was manager of the Black Cats between 1995 and 2002, and he was able to get the club promoted to the Premier League in that time, before almost taking them into Europe.

Since then, Sunderland have struggled to repeat those feats, with most of their time in England's top-flight spent fighting against relegation, but Allardyce is hopeful of guiding them back up the table. 

"Reidy's track record here is one I want to try to emulate," Allardyce said. "Reidy was the one who started this process. He started the new stadium and the new training ground. He has a legacy here, and hopefully I can live up to his standards. If I can do that we will all have great success together."

There have been suggestions that Reid could be named as Allardyce's assistant manager, in the Sunderland Echo this week, as the 60-year-old boss looks to assemble his backroom staff at the Stadium of Light. 

Allardyce has confirmed to Sky Sports that he wants to bring in a new number two, with Neil McDonald and Phil Brown among the other potential candidates to have been mentioned.

Allardyce takes over at Sunderland at a low point, as they are currently sit five points adrift of safety still looking for their first Premier League win of the season. 

Sunderland's first game under Allardyce's stewardship comes at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion. 

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