Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills pointed out on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT last Friday morning (February 26) what Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has that some of his rivals do not.
Mills stated that Allardyce has what it takes to drive his players to work hard and pick up enough points between now and the end of the season to retain their Premier League status for the 2016-17 campaign.
“I think there’s a bit of an edge about Sunderland,” said the former England international. “Look at all the teams down at the bottom.
“Big Sam as a manager, he has got that fight, He has got that tenacity. He will get his players revved up. Has Remi Garde got that? Has Alex Neil got that? Have Swansea got that? I am not sure they have.”
Sunderland, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Swansea City are all in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
Allardyce has been in similar situations before, but that does not mean that he will be able to keep Sunderland up.
Norwich’s Alex Neil is a good manager, while Francesco Guidolin is already starting to make an impact at Swansea.
It eventually comes down to the players. Are the Sunderland players better than their Norwich and Swansea counterparts?