Sam Allardyce’s official unveiling as Sunderland manager dominates today’s headline and Big Sam is out to prove former boss Dick Advocaat wrong.
After handing in his notice, Advocaat claimed the current Black Cats squad wasn’t good enough to survive a relegation battle.
Allardyce - who is looking to appoint his new number two before the West Brom game - says it is up to him and the players to prove Advocaat wrong.
Read what the new Sunderland boss had to say here.
Allardyce, meanwhile, has hit out at those West Ham fans who criticised him during his spell in charge at Upton Park.
The 60-year-old wrote in his column in The Sun: “I felt the West Ham way ought to be about wearing your heart on your sleeve, showing passion for the club and winning.
“But the fans were being brainwashed into thinking that, historically, the club had a particular style of play akin to Barcelona, which was potty.”
And finally, Sunderland Under-21s match against Liverpool this weekend will now take place at the Stadium of Light.
Robbie Stockdale’s side are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table in the Sunday afternoon fixture (KO 3pm).
Stockdale said: “It is good experience for the younger players to play at the Stadium of Light and it makes it even better if there’s a big crowd.
“The fans have really been getting behind the under 21s this season and it is great for the lads to have such fantastic support.”
2015-16 season card holders can enjoy free entry to the game (upon production of their current season card), with all other tickets priced at £3 for adults and just £1 for under 16s and over 65s.
Entry will be through turnstiles 1-8 and 17-24 in the West Stand.
Doors will open at 2pm.
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