Ivan Campo hails Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce's man-management

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The ex-Real Madrid man, who played under Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers, clearly has fond memories of his old boss.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Former Real Madrid star Ivan Campo has told 888sport that Sam Allardyce's man-management is the key to his success and helps him attract top-quality players.

Allardyce steered Sunderland to safety with a game to spare this season after some impressive January signings including Bayern Munich defensive man Jan Kirchhoff and Bordeaux attacker Wahbi Khazri.

Those additions helped the Black Cats to a resurgence in form, as the Wearside club lost just one of their final 11 Premier League matches of the season.

Sam Allardyce - Bolton Wanderers Manager with Ivan Campo after being substituted

Campo, who was enticed to Bolton Wanderers from the Bernabeu in 2002 by Allardyce, has hailed his former coach's managerial ability and claimed that it is his man-management style which makes him such a success in the dugout and in the transfer market.

The former Spain star told 888sport: "Sam taught me everything I know when I made the move from Spain to England, and he taught me how to adjust to life in the Premier League.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce


"Sam is a great coach and I have great memories of him. His man-management was the reason that he was able to attract the top talent such as Fernando Hierro to Bolton."

Campo played under Guus Hiddink and Vicente del Bosque at Real and Luis Aragones at Valencia, but clearly holds Allardyce in high esteem.

His highlighting of the 61-year-old's man-management seems warranted, with Allardyce having got the most out of stars such as Jermain Defoe to lead the Black Cats to safety.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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