Sunderland will be hoping to carry momentum from the end of last season into the start of the upcoming campaign.
Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has said the side will be ready to go at the start of the season as they look to avoid the poor starts that have plunged them into relegation battles in recent years
Last season saw the side rally yet again in order to retain their Premier League status but Kaboul seems confident the side can start the season well and are upbeat given the pre-season they have had so far.
He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “The excitement is definitely building. But we still have some work to do in training and pre-season games.
“We will make sure we put everything into pre-season to succeed straight away in the Premier League. We know it’s going to be a tough league again, like last season. But we’ll make sure from ‘Day One’ we’re ready to compete again."
While the players may be upbeat, it s hard to get away from the fact they might not be playing under the same manager come the start of their campaign when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.
It would mean that Sunderland have this element of uncertainty and would need to move quickly to appoint a replacement with the minimum of fuss.
It is another challenge for the playing staff at the club, who are likely going to have to adapt their playing style a little to suit whichever manager could end up replacing Allardyce at the Stadium of Light.