Sunderland are currently in Dubai, participating in some warm weather training.
Manager Sam Allardyce has sent his best wishes to Sunderland’s youth teams, as they both prepare to take on Liverpool in league matches next week.
Both Sunderland’s under-21s and under-18s have matches against the Reds in the coming days, and although Allardyce will not be able to watch either of the contests he has wished the development squad luck.
Allardyce’s message has come the day after George Honeyman, one of Sunderland’s most highly rated youngsters, praised the former West Ham United boss.
Honeyman suggested to the Sunderland Echo that Allardyce was making it much easier for Sunderland’s youth team players to see a pathway into the senior squad.
And Allardyce’s message on social media shows how much of a keen interest he is taking in Sunderland’s academy set-up.
Allardyce is currently in Dubai with the rest of the Sunderland squad as they participate in some warm weather training.
The Black Cats are not in action at the weekend, and the 61-year-old manager was keen to use the time off to take the team overseas to work on any faults in their game.