Fabio Borini admits Sunderland squad haven't got used to Sam Allardyce yet

Sunderland have won just one of their first four matches under the guidance of Sam Allardyce.

Sunderland attacker Fabio Borini has told the Sunderland Echo that the squad are still looking to get used to Sam Allardyce’s managerial style.

Allardyce has taken charge of Sunderland, and he hasn’t been able to make the impact that many of their supporters were hoping for.

Borini believes that this is because the 60-year-old’s straight-talking approach will take some time to get used to, as it is so different to Dick Advocaat’s style.

“The manager is very clear and straight up,” Borini said. “He says clearly what he wants the players to do on the pitch.

“If we are out there and see something different than what the manager said, then we need to adapt.

“We can’t always wait for the manager to say. We are the players that go on the pitch.

“It takes a little bit [of time] for a few players to get used to a different idea of football because they are used to something else.”

Allardyce guided Sunderland to their first win of the season against Newcastle United last month, but he has not been able to help them climb the table.

The Black Cats remain lodged in the relegation zone and, despite some improvements, they are struggling badly for wins.

The North East outfit have lost their last two matches, and optimism is looking in short supply at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are currently four points away from safety, and they return to action after the international break with a tough test against Crystal Palace.

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