Ex-England and Sunderland star backs Sam Allardyce to transform Black Cats

New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
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Ex-Sunderland player and manager Terry Butcher believes Sam Allardyce can transform the Black Cats.

The former England defender is also pleased to see Allardyce named as manager, rather than head coach and insists his style of football is flexible.

Butcher, 56, told Sky Sports: “He is someone that can get a club really organised and can get discipline into the side.

“Big Sam is a guy that really rolls his sleeves up and tells players what they need to do.

“Every player will know their role in the team.

“Will it be a more direct approach? He changed his approach at West Ham last year and brought exciting players into the club and they were very safe from relegation.

“The only sticking point was having control of players and transfers coming in.

“By the term manager, rather than head coach, that would seem the case and that is important for most managers but for him to play the type of football he wants,” added Butcher, who played for Sunderland in 1992-93.