Sunderland have done it yet again, pulled off the annual escape act and this year they sent Newcastle United down to the Championship as a consequence – to sweeten the occasion.
This time round it was Sam Allardyce who pulled off the coup, yet another survival fight from the expert.
One former Sunderland boss has now been speaking about his achievement.
Steve Bruce, who was Sunderland boss for just over two years, told talkSPORT today (18/05/16) how highly he rated Allardyce’s achievements this season and suggested why he managed to keep Sunderland in the Premier League:
“He’s worked miracles again and the one thing you have to give him a huge pat on the back with is his recruitment.
“His recruitment in January was key. I think that gets overlooked these days a lot is down to recruitment.
“Let’s be honest a lot of clubs have a lot of money to spend. But where do you actually go and get good value? I think the beauty of Sam’s was the four or five he brought in all made a big impact.
“I think that impetus and Sam’s style has got them over the line.”
There is no doubt that Sunderland made some shrewd signings in the January transfer window.
The likes of Wahbi Khazri, Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchoff have been revelations in the Sunderland team. Khazri added some guile to their attack, Kone solidified a leaky and ageing defence whilst Kirchoff put a poor debut behind him to become a marquee January arrival.
Sunderland fans will now be hoping that good recruitment carries on into the summer and Allardyce can lead the Black Cats to a more comfortable league campaign next term.