Sam Allardyce says he will discuss players' futures before Watford game

The Sunderland boss reveals that he will bring forward talks with individuals after securing survival with a game to spare.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told reporters, as shown by the club's official website, that he will begin having discussions with certain players about their future before Sunday's final-day clash with Watford after securing survival.

The 61-year-old said that he had working on the assumption that he would only be able to hold those talks after the conclusion of the season, but with his team now having guaranteed their Premier League status for next season with a game to spare he is able to bring that forward.

The Wearside club beat Everton 3-0 on Thursday night to end the battle to avoid relegation early by sending down arch-rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City.

In their current squad, Sunderland have four players on loan in the form of DeAndre Yedlin, Ola Toivonen, Yann M'Vila, and Dame N'Doye, and they also have a variety players temporarily out at other clubs including Emanuele Giaccherini, Liam Bridcutt, and Steven Fletcher.

Allardyce told reporters that the futures of those players, plus those who have been at the Stadium of Light this season but have not had as much game time as they might have liked, will now start to be discussed before the final-day trip to Vicarage Road.

He said, as shown by the club's official website: "I'll be having those conversations before that Watford game now. I don't think there's any point in leaving players hanging on their futures, it's as well talking to them in the next couple of days on whether we are or aren't going to take it forward as a football club.

"That's one of the jobs I have to get through pretty quickly - what are we going to do with the players we have already got, whether they be on loan or under contract, whether they are not happy because they've had not enough game time.

"I'll have those conversations with the individuals and we'll see where we go from there."

Allardyce will want to sort out the futures of the club's existing players as soon as possible as he looks ahead to his first summer transfer window as Sunderland manager.

The club and the supporters will be hoping that next season, once the manager has been able to put his own stamp on the squad, they will finally be able to move away from scrapping desperately at the bottom of the league.

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