Sunderland have announced Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year deal.
The 60-year-old has answered owner Ellis Short’s SOS after the resignation of Dick Advocaat last weekend.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving West Ham in May, but has been persuaded to return to the Premier League by Short.
Sunderland are second-bottom of the table, without a league win all season, and have just three points to their name from eight games.
Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a trip to West Brom on Saturday, with his first match at the Stadium of Light being the Wear-Tyne derby against his former club Newcastle on October 25.
Prior to entering into management Allardyce enjoyed a 19-year playing career, predominantly at Bolton Wanderers. He spent the 1980-81 campaign on Wearside, playing 26 times for the Black Cats and captaining the club. Under Peter Reid’s tenure, Allardyce returned to Sunderland in a coaching capacity, as Director of Youth.