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Sunderland hire Allardyce

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year deal. Sam Allardyce

The 60 year-old replaces Dick Advocaat who stepped down from the club last weekend.

Allardyce, who made 25 appearances for the Black Cats between 1980 and 1981, told the BBC: “Of course it’s a challenging job. But I hope to be able to help to bring the stability and success that everyone wants.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the players and of course I will be relying on the help of the Sunderland supporters.”

The former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and West Ham United manager has been out of work since leaving the Hammers at the end of last season.

Club chairman Ellis Short said of Allardyce: “Sunderland is a club he knows well and he was the obvious best choice for the job.

“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.”

Sunderland are currently second bottom in the Premier League, having lost five and drawn three of their opening eight league matches.

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