Sam Allardyce is refusing to even think about the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle United until his side have faced West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Allardyce’s side take on the Baggies on Saturday in his first game in charge since being appointed as manager after the resignation of Dick Advocaat.
Allardyce, speaking to the North East media today for the first time since getting the job, takes on Newcastle in his second game – as his predecessors Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat did.
But he says he’s focused solely on the trip to the Hawthorns and not the derby clash against his old club.
Allardyce said: “Looking back at results from when Sunderland have played at West Brom, it’s easy to see it’s going to be difficult.
“The big one that everyone is mentioning, against Newcastle, can only be talked about and thought about when we have got the West Brom game out of the way.
“Looking forward to the Newcastle derby would be much easier if the lads go and get a result against West Brom.”