Sunderland has hired Sam Allardyce to replace Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman left the club on Sunday. Allardyce has signed a two-year deal.
Allardyce, 60, has managed several clubs in England, and most recently spent four years at West Ham United. He left the Hammers after last season and has been on a break since late May.
“Sam was the obvious best choice for the job,” said Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner, to The Guardian.
“Sunderland is a club he knows well,” Short said. “He has vast experience of managing in the Premier League and an understanding, first-hand, of the north-east and the passion of our fans, which will stand him in great stead. The recruitment process was made easier by the fact that Sam was such an obvious choice.”
Allardyce takes over a Sunderland that sits second from the bottom in the table with three points after eight games. The Black Cats are still looking for the first win of the season.
“I’ve enjoyed my break from football and now I’m raring to get back,” Allardyce said. “I met with Ellis and we spoke at length about the club and his ambitions and I knew I wanted to be part of that. I hope to be able to help to bring the stability and success that everyone wants.
“Of course it’s a challenging job, but it’s something I have experience of in the past. I’m looking forward to working with the players and of course I’ll be relying on the help of the Sunderland supporters, whose tremendous passion I have experienced first-hand. I can’t wait to get started.”