Sam Allardyce explains why Sunderland need a good start to next season

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Allardyce wants to avoid the nervy end to the season that's become almost customary with Sunderland.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is determined for his side to get a strong start to next season in his first full campaign at the helm, the Sunderland Echo reports.

Allardyce was given the job of steering the Black Cats away from relegation from in October, something which the club achieved with a game to spare.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

But it has become something of an all too familiar story for Sunderland in the past four seasons where they have flirted with the possibility of dropping down to the Championship - only to rally late on in the season and secure their safety the hard way. 

Next season, however, Allardyce wants to avoid that, and ensure the side gets points in the bank early.

He's quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “For the fans, especially, it’s about trying to stop the heartache that they have suffered for the last four seasons on the trot, and try to give them that little bit more.

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“That will all depend on how good a pre-season we have and how well we recruit because we’ve got to try and get off to a much better start than the club has achieved in the last four seasons when they’ve not won any of the first four or five games and it’s always been a struggle from there on.”

Allardyce touches on recruitment, and the acquisition of players such as Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Jan Kirchhoff all played a crucial role in the side staying up, even if it took a little while for the good results to follow the promising performances. 

Which is why Allardyce will be keen for players to arrive early so he can bed them into the side, ensure they are familiar with each other and try and get off to a fast start next season. 

Sunderland getting points on the board early would certainly mean a lot less anxiety around the Stadium of Light going into the closing stages of the campaign and give them a solid indication that progress has been made - and they would hope to kick on again.

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for SunderlandLamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland

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