Jones said: “We were down when he came in because we were not winning, that’s obvious. But he has sort of brought back some belief by basically saying ‘if you do what I say, I show you how to do it and you do it, then you will win games’.”
It was a simple message from Allardyce, but one which looks to have had an impact, judging by the two Sunderland performances following his appointment.
The Wearside outfit were unlucky not to come away from West Brom with a draw, and then picked up their first clean sheet and three points of the season at home to fierce local rivals Newcastle.
Allardyce’s men picked up a 3-0 win, moving them off the foot of the table, and bringing hope back to the Black Cats that relegation may not be a foregone conclusion.
Jones has explained how Allardyce has addressed all the players, telling them to keep things simple on the field of play, and just follow the boss’s instructions.
Allardyce has a proven record at keeping teams in the Premier League, and there is no doubt that, when given control to work, he will have an impact. This is what he wanted his Sunderland players to know following his arrival, and it appears they have taken the message to heart.
If performances continue in the same vein as the one against Newcastle, the Black Cats should face no trouble staying in the top flight at the end of the campaign.