Sunderland star Fabio Borini on why Sam Allardyce is like Carlo Ancelotti

The forward has been impressed by Big Sam's approach so far.

Sunderland summer signing Fabio Borini has compared new Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce to former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian signed on a permanent deal from Liverpool this summer, for his second spell at the Stadium of Light, and has been impressed by the former West Ham manager’s attention to detail.

“It’s something that you notice because the details always make the difference,” said the 24-year old, in quotes published by the Shields Gazette.

“I found out with Ancelotti and the big managers, that they were caring about every single thing from set plays to throw-ins… that’s what the manager has been doing here since day one.

“He’s preparing the game with detail, he’s big on the details, which is important at this moment because we need every single thing to help us.”

Allardyce’s detailed approach failed to pay dividends in his first game in charge as West Brom emerged victorious on Saturday – albeit in controversial circumstances.

He will be hoping for a quick turn around and bringing an end to Sunderland’s a positive result this weekend is vital.

Borini meanwhile, has failed to hit the ground running following his protracted Anfield exit and will need to start repaying the hefty fee shelled out for him in the summer, if the Black Cats are to get back on track.

Next up is the biggest Tyne-Wear derby in recent memory and Allardyce’s men will have to be at their best if they are to get one over a resurgent Newcastle side.

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