Lee Cattermole laments Sam Allardyce's Sunderland exit

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Livingston, Scotland.

Lee Cattermole says Sam Allardyce staying at Sunderland would have changed everything.

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Livingston, Scotland.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has lamented Sam Allardyce's 2016 exit as manager.

The Black Cats are battling to avoid relegation into League One, and Cattermole believes Allardyce's departure was the turning point.

Having staved off relegation to the Championship in consecutive seasons, Cattermole believes keeping Allardyce was their chance to get the club looking upward - instead it all went horribly wrong.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Allardyce was offered his dream job as England manager - which lasted just months - and Sunderland were relegated within a year.

Cattermole told The Mirror: "I’m certain he would have stabilised it. It was rocking at the Stadium of Light.

“I felt in that summer if we had two or three years of Big Sam, he’d have controlled everything for Ellis Short, and Sam had seen it all.”

Sunderland are on their second manager of the season, with Chris Coleman trying to help them climb up the table after Simon Grayson flopped during his spell in charge.

They are in 23rd place of 24 teams and take on Brentford this weekend.

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