Hartlepool United v Sunderland LIVE: Sam Allardyce’s farewell game

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Sam Allardyce is the centre of attention as Hartlepool United host Sunderland AFC at Victoria Park tonight – and we've got it covered.

Allardyce takes charge of Sunderland's first pre-season friendly against Craig Hignett's Pools side despite being set to be named England manager in the next 24 hours.

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Allardyce turned up at Victoria Park for what looks set to be his final farewell, with David Moyes heavily tipped to replace him.

Reporters Chris Young, Richard Mennear and Roy Kelly are at Victoria Park to bring you all the action from the game plus post-match reaction from both camps.

For the very best build-up, match action and post-match reaction follow our live blog here: