Report discloses whether Allardyce will stay at Sunderland if they suffer relegation

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce reportedly intends to stay at Sunderland - even if they are relegated.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will stay with the club even if they suffer relegation to the Championship.

Allardyce, 61, arrived as Black Cats boss back in October following the departure of former boss Dick Advocaat, and he was charged with the task of keeping the club in the Premier League.

It's an annual battle against relegation for Sunderland, and after close shaves against the drop in recent years under Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Advocaat himself, many thought this could finally be the year where Sunderland drop back into the second tier.

However, Allardyce has given Sunderland a fighting chance. He may have only won six games as Black Cats manager, but two defeats in the last eight matches go to show how 'Big Sam' has made Sunderland far more solid than they were before his arrival.

Still, Sunderland lie two points away from safety, and relegation is still a major possibility, prompting questions surrounding whether Allardyce would stay at the club long-term.

Now, The Telegraph state that Allardyce will be staying at the Stadium of Light long-term, as he has a great relationship with Sunderland owner Ellis Short, but may need some reassurances about the level of cost-cutting at the club if they are relegated.

Fortunately, it's claimed that all of Sunderland's players have wage decrease clauses in their contracts should they suffer relegation, which would help the Black Cats manage their finances in the second tier.

Allardyce won promotion from the Championship with West Ham back in 2012, and that experience could come in handy for Sunderland if they go down, which is still some way off as the Black Cats have another eight games to save themselves from the drop.

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