Sam Allardyce admits the time has come to draw line under Emmanuel Eboue episode

The Sunderland manager reveals he has not heard from the Ivorian since news broke of his FIFA ban.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told reporters, as quoted by the Sun, that he has not heard from Emmanuel Eboue since he found out about the Ivorian's ban and stressed it is time for the club to move on from the situation.

Eboue was banned for a year by FIFA last month for failing to pay money that he owed to his former agent, just weeks after signing a contract until the end of the season with the Wearside club.

Despite that suspension, Allardyce handed the 32-year-old a lifeline two weeks ago when he suggested that the former Arsenal man could still feature for the club if he could get the financial issue sorted before the expiration of his two weeks' notice at the club.

However, the Black Cats manager has now revealed that, with that deadline due on Thursday, he has not heard from the player since the news initially broke and is now focused on putting the farcical episode behind him.

The 61-year-old told reporters, as quoted by the Sun: "We haven’t heard anything so I think the writing’s on the wall. We’ve not had hide nor hair of what position he’s in, or if he’s about to settle it or not. I think we’ll have to draw a line under it this week.

"I’m disappointed on two counts. One, I’m disappointed that he never told us about it in the first place when he first got here. We may have been able to resolve the situation before it got to this desperate stage.

"And then of course, the hard work that we put in to get him to this level and me thinking he could play a part in our run-in as an experienced player."

Eboue was only signed on at the club for 22 days before his suspension was announced, and had failed to play a single minute of competitive first-team action for the struggling club.

It was hoped that the defender would add much-needed experience and nous to the North East's clubs ranks, but instead his signing has become perhaps the biggest indictment of a poor season.

Sunderland are currently four points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining ahead of their pivotal showdown with Norwich City this weekend.

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