Sam Allardyce discusses Sunderland's pre-season plans

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland look set to stay in Europe over pre-season.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT, that the Black Cats will be staying in Europe for pre-season.

While many of Sunderland’s Premier League rivals are set to trek off around the globe on money spinning pre-season tours, Allardyce wants to keep his side close to home.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reacts

The experienced boss feels that Sunderland need to remain in Europe, as they plan for next season, as he wants his players in peak physical condition by the time next season starts.

“We are still catching up because we couldn’t plan - as was it Championship or Premier League,” Allardyce said.

“We are going to stay in Europe, I think that’s important. I think that going around the continent and around the world, I don’t think it’s the right thing for any team.

“For us, staying in Europe and getting the players as fit as we possibly can, and the most important thing will be who we sign and whether we can do it quickly.”

Allardyce has already expressed a desire to push Sunderland on, after they narrowly avoided relegation again last season.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reacts

The Black Cats have been reliant on a series of great escapes over recent years to stop them dropping into the Championship.

While these survival fights have provided great entertainment at the Stadium of Light, Allardyce no longer wants to see Sunderland struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

As a result, Sunderland are expected to invest heavily in the summer transfer window to ensure that they do not have such a nervy end to their campaign next time around.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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