Sam Allardyce was unveiled as the new Sunderland manager on Tuesday. “Big Sam” says he might bring in Kevin Nolan to bolster his new side.
Nolan, 33, and Allardyce, 60, have a long history together from their days at Bolton Wanderers. Nolan is available on free transfer after leaving West Ham United earlier in the season after a mutual termination of his contract.
“I need to assess the squad and take it from there,” Allardyce told The Guardian. “Kevin and me go a long way back, as everyone knows.
“Nolan is an addition I may look at in the future, I may choose to enter down that line but at the moment it’s about giving the players I’ve got here an opportunity to show what they can do.”
Allardyce had a brief spell at Sunderland as a player in the early 1980s, but he plans to stick around longer this time.
“Well, I want to be more successful than I have been in the past, that’s for sure, and I want to stay a bit longer!,” Allardyce said.
“I didn’t stay very long as a player, I didn’t stay very long with Reidy because I got the Notts County job and I didn’t stay very long at Newcastle, so I hope I stay a lot longer than that.”
Allardyce insisted that he’s not holding a grudge against his former team. Allardyce’s second game in charge will be against Newcastle at home.
“No, no. Newcastle is in the past, it’s all over. I’m a man for the future, not to dwell on the past. It happened.
“Like I said at the time, I thought it was the right club at the wrong time for me and that was it. It was a decision made and you move forward.
“Since then, I have done pretty well since I have moved on, and now I am back up in the north-east to try to make Sunderland the best I possibly can.”