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Sam Allardyce being “realistic” with expectations at Sunderland

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sam Allardyce manager West Ham United look on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Boleyn Ground on February 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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Sunderland is in need of help, currently at the bottom of the Premier League table with no wins through eight matches.

Supporters in the North East are hoping Sam Allardyce is the man to turn things around, as the veteran manager has been brought in to lead the Black Cats following Dick Advocaat’s resignation.

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Allardyce has loads of Premier League experience, managing the likes of Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, and West Ham. While Big Sam will try to use that experience to help Sunderland’s situation, he knows it’s not going to be a quick-fix.

I don’t want to sound negative but we’ve got to be realistic and accept that it’s unlikely that we’ll turn things around overnight.

If you get into double figures in points from your first eight games, your chances of getting relegated are dramatically reduced. Sunderland have got three points.

The ‘R’ word is already back – relegation-threatened Sunderland. It’s a big burden to play under that pressure in front of your own fans.

Sunderland has finished 17th, 14th, and 16th in the Premier League the past three seasons, so Allardyce knows he’s not going to come in and lead the team to Europe. Instead, he’s going to use the tools he has to try and right the ship after a very poor start to the campaign.

His first match in charge will be a good opportunity to get a result, facing a West Brom side that sits 17th on the table just outside the drop zone.