Sunderland WILL stay up after Sam Allardyce was handed the reins - insists one of his former trusted lieutenants.
Ian Hendon, who is currently in charge of Leyton Orient, was part of Allardyce’s coaching staff at West Ham for more than two years.
And he believes the appointment of the former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle and West Ham boss will prove a shrewd move by the Black Cats board.
Sunderland are second-bottom, five points adrift of safety, but Hendon believes they will quickly climb the table.
Hendon said: “Sam will bring organisation and most definitely stability, without a doubt.
“Sam is renowned for his preparation and I’m sure he will continue in that vein.
“It has worked at every Premier League club he has been at.
“I know he wanted a break, which he has had.
“He has been looking to get back in and has been looking forward to it.
“What a club to go for.
“When you look at the table they are a bit adrift but the gap isn’t that big.
“No doubt he will get them organised, get the first win and build from that.”
Sunderland travel to West Brom a week on Saturday before the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
And ex-Toon boss Allardyce will have more than one reason to get one over Newcastle after being axed after just eight months at St James’s Park.
Hendon added: “He will probably know most of the players anyway and he will have done his due diligence.
“He knows what he is walking into.
“I think being an ex-Sunderland player will give him extra motivation against Newcastle too.
“The Derby will be a good game and one he will relish.
“His record speaks for itself. Sunderland will stay up, he is the right man for the job.”