Jamie Redknapp says he thinks Sunderland may finally have the answer they have been searching for.
Sunderland's poor start to the season saw them criticised not only by fans, but hammered by pundits in the media.
Last season's survival hero Dick Advocaat stepped down as manager, seemingly continuing an ongoing cycle at the club in recent years.
He said: "When he was appointed by Sunderland, I bet all the other clubs fighting at the bottom started to worry — because Big Sam is a survival specialist.
"It was a good performance against Newcastle and, after so many managers in recent years, maybe Sunderland have finally found the man to lift the club.
"It’s too soon to start getting excited but he looks like he could be the right fit."
Sunderland beat Newcastle United 3-0 at the weekend, their sixth derby win in succession, a game which he will hope can act as a launching block to fire them up the table.
The club have been here before of course, with derby wins achieved under Paolo di Canio and Gus Poyet, but Allardyce has what neither manager did, Premier League experience.
He has never been relegated with Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle or West Ham, and if he sees out his three-year contract on Wearside it will be mission accomplished.