Sam Allardyce admits he's suffered a huge disappointment as Sunderland manager

Sunderland are currently four points adrift of safety in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that he is hugely disappointed that his Sunderland players have not found the winning formula yet.

Sunderland’s performance levels have improved since the January transfer window, yet they have not picked up enough points to get out of trouble.

The Black Cats arguably should have picked up maximum points from their matches against Southampton, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.

However, the Wearsiders were only able to draw all three games, and Allardyce admits that he doesn’t know whether they will have such an opportunity again this season.

“I’m not panicking,” Allardyce said. “I try to stay calm and show the players the right way forwards.

“The huge disappointment is waiting for the players to turn it around themselves.

“I hope that the chance to turn it around hasn’t left us.

“We’ve had that run of games where we should have won three on the trot, and deserved to win three on the trot.

“But we didn’t. Will we get that chance again? I don’t know.”

Sunderland are currently four points adrift of safety, and they are running out of time to make it out of trouble.

The Black Cats have lost just two of their last eight matches, but too many draws have hurt their chances.

Sunderland’s next match comes against Norwich City, and if they are beaten it may be curtains on their survival hopes.

The Black Cats would fall seven points behind the Canaries if they were to lose on Saturday, and with just five games remaining that gap may prove insurmountable.

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