Billy Jones on the message Sam Allardyce has already got across to Sunderland's squad

Sam Allardyce will take charge of his first Sunderland match this weekend against West Bromwich Albion.

Billy Jones has told Sunderland's official website that Sam Allardyce has already set out the guidelines of what he expects from the squad at the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce was only confirmed as the new Black Cats boss at the start of the week, but he has been quick to get his message across to the players.

And Jones believes that the appointment of the 60-year-old has already increased the levels of belief within the team. 

“He’s spoken about what he expects from his players under his guidance,” Jones said. “He’s also spoken about how he can manage the team and the squad which has proved effective in the past, and it’s a recipe which he feels will work.

“He’s basically said to us as players that if we follow those guidelines we will get results and he’s given us the belief that if we go out with the game plan he gives to us and implement it correctly we will win games and move up the league."

Allardyce is under pressure to hit the ground running as Sunderland boss, due to their extremely poor start to the season.

The North East based outfit are currently sat in 19th place in the Premier League table, and they have failed to register a victory in any of their opening eight games.

Sunderland have had the leakiest defence in England's top-flight, and they have also struggled going forward, meaning that there is plenty for Allardyce to improve.

Allardyce's first game in charge of Sunderland comes this weekend, with his side travelling to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. 

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