Sunderland are currently occupying a place in the bottom three.
Sam Allarduce has offered fresh light on his future as Sunderland boss in the event of relegation by suggesting it depends on the club’s potential Championship budget, the Guardian reports.
The 61-year-old boss signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light when succeeding Dick Advocaat earlier in the campaign and his season task is to preserve Sunderland’s top-flight status.
With the Black Cats still positioned in the bottom three, questions have now been asked of whether Allardyce will still be at the club in the event of a potential relegation to the Championship.
Responding to questions from reporters of the Guardian, Allardyce has suggested that his stay in the event of relegation could now depend on the club’s budget and how willing they are for an immediate return.
“That decision will be made between me and Ellis [Short, Sunderland’s owner],” Allardyce explained.
“I’m not going to speculate because I don’t know how the budgets are going to lie, what and where we’d have to cut financially. And I don’t know exactly what sort of squad I’d be left with until that position arises.”
Sunderland currently occupy 18th position in the Premier League table, two points behind Norwich City.
The Black Cats host West Bromwich Albion this weekend in a must-win game, while the Canaries host a Newcastle United side who sit just one point behind North East rivals Sunderland.
Relegation is a realistic prospect for the Wearside club, yet in Allardyce they have a manager who has previously won promotion to the top-flight with both West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers.
Sunderland would be wise to keep hold of the former Bolton man in the event of going down, yet that decision may be out of their hands if they can’t produce a budget suitable enough for an immediate return.