RECAP: Chris Young answers your questions on Lee Congerton’s future, Sunderland’s new number two and potential incomings

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It has been a busy few weeks on Wearside with the resignation of Dick Advocaat and appointment of Sam Allardyce.

The new manager has been getting to know his new players on the training pitches at the Academy of Light ahead of the West Brom clash on Saturday, with winless Sunderland desperate for their first win of the season.

Ahead of the Premier League match, reporter Chris Young has been answering your questions on the future of sporting director Lee Congerton, West Brom away and who will be the new number two.

The highlights are below or recap the full Q&A here:

David Atkinson (@acko16) asked: Do we have a definite understanding if Congerton is leaving and Sam’s role in transfers etc?

CY: No, there’s a lack of clarity on Congerton’s position at present.

Multiple sources have indicated that he’s serving his notice, but there’s been nothing on it from the club and even some of the staff are in the dark.

Anthony Prior (@anthonyprior1) asked: Is Big Sam going to give our brilliant youngsters a chance, the likes of Watmore, Gooch, Pickford?

CY: Good question Anthony. I certainly think the club has to start seriously looking at letting some of these kids sink or swim if they’re going to get some sort of identity back.

If Sam can stabilise the club, then that’s got to be a key objective. He won’t have seen much of Watmore yet as he’s been on international duty and Pickford is one for next season.

But it’s got to be on the agenda, even if it’s not at the top

Do you think Sam Allardyce is the right man?

CY: Yes I do. I did a piece over the weekend saying Big Sam was the right man at the right time, and I really don’t think they could have got anyone better at present.

His track record of keeping clubs and stabilising them is superb. And any concerns over his “brand” of football aren’t really relevant.

SAFC can hardly point to a successful style over the last 3-4 years

On a similar vein, Luke Hedley @LukeHedley1996 tweeted: Was Peter Reid ever a possibility for the No2 or was it purely paper talk?

CY: I was told categorically earlier this week that he wasn’t in the frame.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid eventually does play some part again at SAFC though.

He’s good mates with Allardyce and obviously knows the place inside out.

Is West Brom must win?

CY: I think Allardyce will be looking for a four-point minimum for these first two games.

He knows he needs to break that win duck ASAP.

For me, the WBA trip is on a par with Newcastle.

The Baggies are no great shakes, with only six goals from eight games and no home win to their name. SAFC have to see this as an opportunity.

And finally, Ellis Short has come in for a fair amount of criticism this season, do you think he has the right man in Allardyce and will there be any money to spend in January?

CY: I would be very surprised if Allardyce wasn’t given some sort of indication of January funds.

He was in such a strong negotiating position when he took the job, that he will have been able to get an assurance.

Surely that defence has to be strengthened in January too?

Recap the full Q&A here: