Steve Bruce reacts to Allardyce’s appointment at Sunderland

Sam Allardyce

Former Sunderland boss Bruce has commented on Allardyce’s move to the Stadium of Light.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has reacted to Sam Allardyce’s appointment as Black Cats’ manager, having seen the former West Ham and Newcastle boss take the job during the international break.

Bruce said: “I thought he was hoping for a bit more time off, but it’s a huge job at a huge club, and I think he saw the challenge of it, and thought ‘why not?’. Of course he goes into a huge game for his second game, the Tyne-Wear derby’s obviously huge for both clubs, especially with the situation they are in.”

Allardyce has a tough job this season, and his work is cut out if he wants to keep Sunderland in the Premier League this season.

It is arguably the hardest role he has ever taken as a manger, considering how often Sunderland find themselves fighting relegation, and keeping them in the top flight could be the best success Allardyce has ever enjoyed.

Bruce has admitted that he thought Allardyce would have wanted to take more time away from the game, having left West Ham at the end of last season, but just eight games into this campaign he decided to get back into management.

And, Bruce has suggested that it was the challenge that Sunderland pose which would have enticed Allardyce to the role on Wearside.

It remains to be seen whether Allardyce can keep Sunderland in the Premier League, but if he does, it is hard to deny that it would be one of the best achievements of his career.

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