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On this day in 2015: Sunderland appoint Sam Allardyce as manager

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year contract with the club languishing in 19th place in the Premier League.

Allardyce, who was a defender for Sunderland between 1980 and 1981, became the first person to manage both the Black Cats and arch-rivals Newcastle, the only team below them in the table.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: “Sunderland are a club he knows well and he was the obvious best choice for the job.

Sam Allardyce saved Sunderland from relegation (Scott Heppell/PA)

“He has extensive Premier League management experience and a first-hand understanding of the North East and the passion of our fans which will stand him in good stead.”

Allardyce only lasted eight months in charge of Newcastle but then rebuilt his reputation with successful spells at Blackburn and West Ham.

He said: “I enjoyed my break from football and now I can’t wait to come back. I met Ellis and we spoke at length about the club and its ambitions and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

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Sam Allardyce had an unhappy reign as England manager (Nick Potts/PA)

“Of course it’s a demanding job, but it’s something I’ve experienced in the past. I look forward to working with the players and of course I count on the help of the Sunderland supporters, of whom I
have experienced first hand. I am excited to begin.

Allardyce managed to save the Black Cats from relegation before moving on to a short-lived reign as England manager the following summer.