Sunderland legend Michael Gray tips Sam Allardyce for manager’s job

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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MICHAEL Gray wants to see Sam Allardyce handed the manager’s job at Sunderland after Dick Advocaat rejected the chance to stay.

The Dutchman, who took over from Gus Poyet in March, guided the Black Cats to safety with a game to spare but decided against extending his stay at the Stadium of Light.

Ex-Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat

Ex-Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat

And former Sunderland defender Gray believes bookies favourite Allardyce, who left West Ham United at the end of the season, would be the ideal man to take over.

“We’ve all seen Sam Allardyce’s record in the Premier League and for the first half of the season I though West Ham were absolutely fantastic,” Gray told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

“There is no doubting that.

“He knows where there is a bargain as well and he certainly knows how to get results.”

Gray, speaking before 67-year-old Advocaat decided not to stay with the Premier League side, added: “I’d take Sam Allardyce tomorrow if it’s not going to be Dick Advocaat.

“There will be a guy coming into the football club who is passionate.

“He’s worked at the club before. He actually was there while I was there and Peter Reid was in charge, he just came in and coached us for a little bit. So he knows the club.

“If West Ham don’t want him, which really surprises me, I’d take him tomorrow.”

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