A number of Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the news that Nick Allamby has joined Phil Parkinson’s backroom team at the Stadium of Light as physical performance coach (official Black Cats website).
Allamby, who has left Bolton to join the Black Cats, has previously worked with Parkinson, the pair first working together in 2011, first at Bradford before making the switch to the University of Bolton Stadium in 2016.
After studying at the University of Teesside, Allamby spent nine years at Middlesbrough, undertaking various roles including head of fitness and conditioning, before linking up with the Bantams.
As reported by the Sunderland Echo, Allamby will not replace any existing staff and is set to work closely with current first team sport scientist Paul Walsh, Parkinson saying the appointment is part of the club rebuilding its structures for the long term.
“I’m delighted Nick has joined,” Parkinson is quoted by the Sunderland Echo as saying.“He's excellent at what he does and he will bring a real edge to our preparation.
"It's part of the process whereby the board wants to rebuild and get a structure in place to take us forward, and Nick will be an excellent appointment. He's come in to be in charge of that sport science department. You do need strength in that department, and Nick will bring us more expertise to help the good people we've already got involved there.”
Here is what some Sunderland fans said on social media regarding the appointment:
So we are slowly turning into Bolton - just like Moyes did with Everton players and lulook where that got us. But I will keep an open mind.— oh well (@ohwellthatsit) 8 November 2019
Nearly every manager brings his own team with him, Ross, Poyet, Keane to name just a few here alone— Peter Burton (@ThePeterBurton) 8 November 2019
Best of luck Nick.— John Briton (@johnftmbriton) 8 November 2019
All we need now is a team!— ᑎᗩTIᐯE ᔕOᑎ ⚪⚫ (@BlackCat_4_Life) 8 November 2019
Sounds very promising and overall good positive steps— George the 3rd (@Georgesparents) 8 November 2019
What's the point parkinson will be gone in another 6 games and wil be more money to pay out in compensation— Chris (@Chrisb197777) 8 November 2019
Everyone will be so pleased with this news— ChristopherScott (@scott50_scott37) 8 November 2019
Bolton fans slating him ♂️— newby08 (@newby08) 8 November 2019
Allamby's appointment at Sunderland comes less than a week after another coach with experience working alongside Parkinson, goalkeeping coach Lee Butler, left Bolton to join the Stadium of Light.
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