The Sunderland defender paid tribute to Aston Villa fans.
Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock.
Mark Lawrenson thinks Stoke City will draw 1-1 with West Ham United today.
The Gers meet their Scottish Championship rivals next weekend at Hampden Park.
The duo remain close following the Dutchman's exit last summer.
The Irish midfielder was heavily linked with a White Hart Lane switch in the summer.
Everton and Norwich City will face each other in the Premier League this weekend.
Sunderland managed to escape relegation because of the drastic changes Allardyce made.
The Scot was placed in caretaker charge of the club in late March following Remi Garde's departure.
Outgoing Celtic manager Ronny Deila is planning to hand wonderkid Jack Aitchison his debut against Motherwell this weekend, according to reports.