Sunderland manager David Moyes poses
Allardyce ensured Sunderland maintained their Premier League status when their position looked precarious last season - and O'Shea feels that the appointment of Moyes ensures the Black Cats won't need a late rally again like in so many of the recent seasons to stay in the Premier League.
Sunderland's John O'Shea
The greatest success the Scot has had during his managerial career was turning around the fortunes of Everton, who were regularly contesting relegation dog-fights but Moyes turned things around and made them into a side that competed for European places year on year.
O'Shea is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “It would be a much more enjoyable season if we could get points on the board early, and we were talking about trying to finish in the top half of the table rather than getting away from the bottom three."
Sunderland's John O'Shea talks with Wahbi Khazri
On whether Sunderland can have a season without worrying about the drop: "The manager is the main man to drive that forward but the players have to help him.
“With everyone working towards that, and with the support we have got, I think we have a very good chance of doing that this season."
Something of a season free of nerves will be exactly what's needed on Wearside as it hasn't been great for them to flirt with relegation.
Given the turnover of managers that the club have had in recent years as well, they will be hoping that the Moyes era proves to be a period of stability for the club - and one that sees consistent progress over several years.
Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match