Allardyce won his second game as Sunderland boss at the weekend, securing a 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle, and Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT that chairman Ellis Short needs to give the manager full control across the entire running of the club.
He said: “Ellis Short needs to give Big Sam full remit across the club to get rid of the deadwood in January and next summer, and bring his own players in.”
This would be a bold decision for Short to make moving forward, considering he has held a firm grip over various aspects of the club in recent years.
Short has made sure that transfer business is controlled by a more senior staff member than the head coach, leaving the manager to simply deal with the work on the training ground.
Up to now, this has had little success at the Stadium of Light, and now that a proven manager in Allardyce is in charge, Collymore has urged Short to cede all control in the footballing side of the game to the manager.
Allardyce should be allowed to work the transfer market as he wishes, signing and selling the players he wants to build a squad that can play the style of football he wants to play.
Allardyce has a proven record at keeping sides in the Premier League and then establishing them in the division, and his work in the transfer market is one of the central ways he has done this at the clubs he has worked at.
Until Allardyce is given this same sort of control at Sunderland as he was at his other clubs, it will be extremely hard for him to truly work his magic on Wearside.