West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan said on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday afternoon (January 19) that Sam Allardyce is doing a fantastic job at Sunderland.
Allardyce was in charge of West Ham for four years from the summer of 2011 until the end of the 2014-15 season. The Englishman returned to management in October when he was given the Sunderland job.
Sullivan has made it clear that there are no hard feelings between the club and Allardyce. The West Ham co-owner has also claimed that the former Newcastle United boss is doing a good job at Sunderland.
“Sam got us promoted, he got us 12th last season,” Sullivan said on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday afternoon (January 19). “The first half of last season, until we got injuries, was as good as the first half of this season, so Sam did a great job. But we felt, the supporters felt, that it was time for a change.
“Sam felt it was time for a change. Sam needed a break, and three months into that break he came back full of energy, rebooted, refired and doing a fantastic job at Sunderland. I knew he would do well wherever he went. He is a good manager.”
Allardyce was appointed the Sunderland manager with the sole intention of keeping them in the Premier League.
Things are not going well at the moment, as the Black Cats remain in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Sunderland are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 18 points from 22 matches. Allardyce’s side are four points behind 17th-placed Swansea City.