Alan Shearer reveals what must change at Sunderland if Sam Allardyce is to take over

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer believes there are ‘deep problems’ at Sunderland – and that there would have to be a radical change behind the scenes if Sam Allardyce is to become their new manager.

Allardyce is in talks with the Black Cats about replacing Dick Advocaat as head coach, after the Dutchman resigned last weekend.

Shearer has worked alongside Allardyce for the BBC, and believes the 60-year-old would want full control of signings if he is to take over at the Stadium of Light.

Writing in his column for bookmakers Coral, Shearer said: “With Sunderland, I think it is obvious promises were made to Dick Advocaat in the summer and those promises never materialised.

“Ellis Short has been through a number of managers over the past few years now. Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane, Di Canio, Gus Poyet, and now Advocaat, all of these guys can’t be bad, surely?

“It would be understandable if it did not work out for one or two, but for it not to work out for all of them tells you there is a deeper problem underneath the surface at Sunderland.

“I am pretty sure that whoever goes in there, the first question will be “who is in charge of bringing players in?” If it is not going to be the manager, then they may not be able to attract the top coaches.

“I am pretty certain that if Sam Allardyce was to go in there, then there would have to be a radical change behind the scenes.”