Report: Allardyce set to make Paul Bracewell his assistant before Newcastle clash

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce is reportedly set to appoint Paul Bracewell as his assistant manager at Sunderland.

According to The Sun, new Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is set to appoint Paul Bracewell as his new assistant manager at the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce took charge of the Black Cats earlier this month following the departure of Dick Advocaat, and he lost his first game in charge with a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

This weekend, the 61-year-old faces the biggest game of the season already, as Sunderland host their North East rivals Newcastle - a club Allardyce managed previously - on Sunday afternoon.

Allardyce is busy preparing for that game, and it seems that one step in the process is appointing his assistant manager, with The Sun reporting that Allardyce will name Paul Bracewell as his right hand man.

Bracewell, 53, has two spells with Sunderland as a player, making well over 200 appearances for the club, whilst he also turned out for rivals Newcastle too.

In recent years, Bracewell has been working as Sunderland's developmental coach, taking care of the club's Under-18 and Under-21 sides - but now looks set to move up and become Allardyce's assistant.

The Sun report that the deal will be done before facing Newcastle this weekend, as Allardyce begins to shape his backroom staff after nearly two weeks in the job.

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