West Brom boss warns players of the ‘Sam Allardyce effect’ ahead of Sunderland clash

West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis
West Bromwich Albion's manager Tony Pulis
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Tony Pulis has warned his West Brom squad to be wary of the Sam Allardyce effect after his friend took charge at Sunderland.

Allardyce takes his winless Black Cats side to the Hawthorns on Saturday in search of the club’s first Premier League win of the campaign.

And Pulis is wary of the effect Allardyce’s appointment could have in rejuvenating a struggling Sunderland squad.

“I know Sam well,” said the Baggies manager.

“I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.

“He did a smashing job at West Ham and you know his teams are always well drilled and well organised.

“People forget that when they got relegated, he got them promoted in the first year and they kicked on from there.

“He laid down the groundwork for the next manager who is reaping the rewards,” added Pulis.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham boss Allardyce was officially unveiled yesterday as he continues his preparations ahead of the weekend.

Sunderland are second bottom in the Premier League, five points adrift from safety after eight games.