On this day in 2015: Sam Allardyce appointed Sunderland manager

On this day in 2015: Sam Allardyce appointed Sunderland manager

The Premier League witnessed a significant managerial appointment on this day in 2015, as Sam Allardyce was named the new manager of Sunderland. This announcement marked a return to the club for the former Black Cats player, who succeeded Dick Advocaat.

Allardyce, known for his pragmatic and and well-organized approach to football, brought a wealth of experience to the role. His appointment was seen as a turning point for the struggling Sunderland side, who were in desperate need of stability and Premier League survival.

Having previously managed several clubs in England, including Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, Allardyce was no stranger to the pressures of top-flight football. His strong reputation for rescuing clubs from relegation battles made him an attractive choice for Sunderland.

Under Advocaat’s brief tenure, Sunderland had struggled to find their form and were languishing near the bottom of the table. Allardyce’s arrival brought hope and optimism to both the players and the fans, as they believed in his ability to turn the team’s fortunes around.

The appointment of Allardyce was met with mixed reactions from the media and fans alike. Some praised the decision, citing his successful track record in the Premier League and his ability to bring out the best in his players. Others questioned his style of play and criticized his focus on defensive tactics.

However, Allardyce quickly silenced his critics by implementing his well-known long-ball tactics and focusing on defensive solidity. Sunderland’s performances improved significantly under his guidance, and he was able to steer the club to safety at the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Allardyce’s tenure at Sunderland lasted just over a year, but his impact was undeniable. He managed to establish a strong foundation for the club, ensuring their continued presence in the Premier League.

After leaving Sunderland, Allardyce went on to manage several other clubs, including Crystal Palace and Everton. While his time at Sunderland may have been brief, his appointment on this day in 2015 remains a memorable moment in the club’s recent history.