Don Goodman has the highest praise for Sam Allardyce, cannot think of better manager

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The striker-turned-pundit insists there is no manager who would be more suited to the job at the Stadium of Light than Allardyce.

Former Sunderland striker Don Goodman has told the club's official website that his former colleague Sam Allardyce is a "phenomenal" manager and insisted that there is no person better suited to the job at the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce took over from former manager Dick Advocaat at the Black Cats in October with the club winless from their first eight league matches and 19th in the Premier League table.

Since his appointment, the 61-year-old has guided the club to six victories from 22 league matches, but the club remain in the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand over 17th-place Norwich City.

Goodman, who played alongside Allardyce at West Bromwich Albion in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the latter was also assistant manager, hailed the qualities of the manager and believes there is no better man to steer the club to safety.

He told the club's website: "Sam’s CV speaks for itself. It is quite phenomenal what he has done wherever he has been because he’s not really had any major failures.

"He knows exactly what it takes and I think Sunderland have the best manager they possibly could wish for in these particular circumstances. It’s clear that he’s getting them more organised because they’re harder to break down and they’re scoring goals.

"At the moment it’s just frustrating that they keep drawing games, which perhaps they should be winning, but they have got some big games coming up and this weekend is massive one against West Brom."

The Black Cats are just two points behind the Canaries with a game in hand ahead of their home clash with the Baggies this weekend, and will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of the Tyne-Wear derby last time out.

Allardyce's side came within seven minutes of taking home a seventh consecutive victory against arch-rivals Newcastle United which would have lifted them out of the relegation zone on goal different and four points clear of the Magpies.

After that frustration they will be desperate to return to winning ways for the first time since 13 February and give themselves a huge boost in the battle to avoid the drop.

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