Sam Allardyce will save Sunderland if he’s given the job

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Sam Allardyce has been backed to keep Sunderland up – if he is given the manager’s job after Dick Advocaat’s departure.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies, who worked under Allardyce at Bolton, has backed him for the vacant manager’s job.

Ex-Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat appears dejected on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford

Ex-Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat appears dejected on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford

And the 38-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Southampton frontman also believes Burnley boss Sean Dyche would be a “good appointment” too.

Both Allardyce and Dyche are among the early frontrunners for the job.

When asked what ex-West Ham United boss Allardyce would bring to the job, Davies told Sky Sports: “They will be well organised and enjoy their football.

“He has the right blend of knowing when to stamp on you and when to praise you.

“They would enjoy working under him.

“He has a good backroom staff and are well organised and I would expect them to get out of trouble under Sam.

“Sean Dyche is a former teammate and old friend of mine too and he has done fantastically well at Watford and Burnley.

“He would be a good appointment too.

“We’ll have to see what happens.”