Sam Allardyce wants to build on Peter Reid’s Sunderland legacy

Sam Allardyce is looking to build on the legacy of former manager Peter Reid
Sam Allardyce is looking to build on the legacy of former manager Peter Reid
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New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is hoping to build on the legacy his friend Peter Reid left behind at the Black Cats.

The ex-Hammers boss took charge at the Stadium of Light following the resignation of Dick Advocaat.

Niall Quinn pictured with Peter Reid

Niall Quinn pictured with Peter Reid

And Allardyce is looking to emulate Reid, who enjoyed a successful seven-year spell in charge of Sunderland.

Allardyce spent time in Reid’s backroom team before going on to forge his own successful managerial career with the likes of Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United.

“Reidy’s track record here is one I would like to try and emulate,” said Allardyce.

“He is the man that started this process, the new stadium and training ground.

“He left a legacy here and hopefully I can live up to his standards when he managed at this football club.

“If I can do that, then we will all achieve great success together,” Allardyce told the club’s website.

Reid had been linked with a return to the Stadium of Light as Allardyce’s new number two but the Echo understands that won’t be the case.

Ahead of his first game in charge, at West Brom on Saturday, Allardyce says the club’s home form is going to be key if they are to pull themselves away from the bottom three and avoid another season of struggle.

Allardyce added: “The fans turn out in abundance and lets be honest they have not had a lot to cheer.

“We have to give them more entertainment at home and winning more matches and entertaining the public.

“The facilities at this club now are in a fantastic position, the stadium and training facility, it is geared up for success.

“It is about improving the players that are here and improving the squad overall and behind the scenes, getting everybody pulling in the same direction.

“Having met everybody for the first time they all seem extremely keen to get going and move forward.

“Hopefully I can guide everybody to more success than they have had recently.”

And Allardyce insists his first priority is to improve the club’s awful defensive record this season, with the club lying second-bottom five points adrift of safety.

He added: “I feel if I can improve the defensive record then we will start winning points and football matches.”