LIVE: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce speaks to the press ahead of Wear-Tyne derby

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is meeting the press this afternoon and we’re covering it live via our blog.

Allardyce is holding his pre-match press conference at the Academy of Light from 2pm.

See what the Black Cats boss has to say here.

Winless Sunderland are bottom of the Barclay’s Premier League and go into the game at the Stadium of Light on Sunday (KO noon) on the back of the 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

Steve McClaren’s Newcastle, meanwhile, have been buoyed by their 6-2 demolition of Norwich last weekend.