Sunderland AFC news: Mannone urges Big Sam to stay, Jenas slates tactics, Allardyce press conference

Jermaine Jenas has hit out at the tactics used against Leicester City
Jermaine Jenas has hit out at the tactics used against Leicester City
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Vito Mannone wants Sam Allardyce to stay at the Stadium of Light and bring Premier League stability to the club.

Allardyce’s future has been a source of speculation over recent weeks, with only a year remaining on his contract and question marks over whether he’ll stay if Sunderland are relegated.

But Mannone - who has spent the last three years at Sunderland - believes the club can move into calmer waters if there is a happy ending to this season.

"Obviously the manager needs to stay," Mannone told the Echo.

"If he’s here and we do stay up, yes, it’s going to be a good base for this club to finally get what it’s able to achieve.

"I’ve always said that this club has the potential to be a very good one.

"We have to start by being in a better part of the table, trying to achieve a higher position."

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Meanwhile, former Newcastle United and Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has hit out at the tactics Allardyce used against Leicester City on Sunday.

"The Black Cats offered nothing going forward," wrote Jenas in his online column for Yahoo.

"They lined up with a central midfield threesome of Jan Kirchhoff, Yann M'Vila and Lee Cattermole - all primarily destroyers, rather than creators - so it was no surprise that they didn't cause Leicester's defence too many problems.

"Also, packing the middle of the park doesn't quite work against Leicester, who break so quickly and directly that they almost bypass the midfield when they counter-attack, as was shown in Jamie Vardy's first goal.

"Meanwhile, up front Jermain Defoe was working off scraps and getting involved in physical battles with Wes Morgan, which completely nullifies his strengths as a finisher.

"The balance of the Sunderland team was all wrong."

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And finally, Allardyce is holding his weekly press conference at the Academy of Light this afternoon.

The Sunderland boss will be speaking to the media from 2pm and you can follow it via our live blog.

Chris Young is at the club's training base for us, bringing you the very latest team and injury news.

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