Sam Allardyce says he has not hard feelings towards Newcastle.
New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told The Guardian that his departure from Newcastle United back in 2008 doesn't hurt anymore.
Allardyce, 60, was out of management for just five months having left West Ham back in May, as he took over at former club Sunderland on Friday night.
'Big Sam' is now charged with the task keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League after a winless start to the season, and Allardyce will be hoping for better fortunes in the North East than during his time with Newcastle United.
Allardyce left Bolton Wanderers in 2007 in order to take the Newcastle, but after just eight wins in 24 games, he was sacked in January 2008, lasting less than a full season in charge at St. James' Park.
The new Sunderland boss will need a better record than that if he is to achieve his goals at the Stadium of Light, and the topic of Allardyce's Newcastle career came up on Tuesday.
Speaking to The Guardian ahead of his first game as Sunderland boss, against West Bromwich Albion this weekend, Allardyce said that he has no hard feelings over losing his job with Newcastle, and is simply looking towards the future with Sunderland instead.
"No, no. Newcastle is in the past, it’s all over," said Allardyce. "I’m a man for the future, not to dwell on the past. It happened. Like I said at the time, I thought it was the right club at the wrong time for me and that was it. It was a decision made and you move forward. Since then, I have done pretty well since I have moved on, and now I am back up in the north east to try to make Sunderland the best I possibly can," he added.
Allardyce will be hoping to make a strong start to life with Sunderland this weekend, and whilst he won't be able to shake off that spell with Newcastle for a while yet, great results with the Black Cats will go some way to erasing his Magpies stint from people's memories.