Sam Allardyce reveals how talks at Ellis Short’s London home enthused him about Sunderland job

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Sam Allardyce has no doubt he is the right man to guide Sunderland to Premier League safety.

And he insists if he wasn’t up to the challenge then he wouldn’t have agreed to take charge at second-bottom Sunderland.

The former West Ham, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss was speaking at his first press conference since taking over following the resignation of Dick Advocaat.

Allardyce said: “I like a challenge and this is a challenge in terms of the position the club is in.

“In the past, I have managed to meet that challenge which gives me confidence I can take it up and be successful otherwise, I wouldn’t be here.

“The conversation between me and Ellis Short at his home in London last week gave me the green light to say we could both work together and get the club going in the right direction.

“After going back to Spain and speaking with my wife I decided to take up the challenge.”

And Allardyce sees a similarity between Sunderland’s plight and the time he guided struggling Blackburn Rovers to safety in the Premier League.

Allardyce added: “I see parallels, Blackburn was later than now.

“They had 13 points after 17 games, I always remember it, thinking am I going to get hold of this team?

“The difficulty is balancing not giving too much information to the players or not enough. It needs to be the right amount.

“I have to do that on a slower assessment and hope that the players will be invigorated by the change in manager, as it seems to do with a lot of football clubs in the short term, and get results.

“My job is to extend that change in results into the rest of the season and not let it dip away.

“We managed to achieve that.”

Sunderland, who travel to West Brom on Saturday, are 19th in the Premier League, five points adrift of safety after eight games.