Sam Allardyce will hold transfer discussions with chairman Ellis Short next week after Sunderland’s successful escape from relegation.
Allardyce was in buoyant spirits at his pre-match press conference today after Sunderland’s 3-0 victory over Everton last night secured their place in the Premier League.
Attention has quickly shifted to how Sunderland can now break the annual cycle of relegation struggles, with the club facing a pivotal summer in the transfer market after Allardyce’s January signings proved key to beating the drop.
And Allardyce will sit down for details talks with Short after this weekend’s final game at Watford to plot Sunderland’s strategy for incomings and outgoings.
“My meeting with Ellis next week will be our time to reflect on next season and to set out a lot of where we are going to go and how we will do it,” said Allardyce, who celebrated with Short after last night’s game.
“At the end of that conversation we will determine a way forward for Sunderland Football Club, hopefully it will be a more successful way forward than the last few years.”
Before looking at incomings, Allardyce also has several players on the books with uncertain futures.
The loan deals of Yann M’Vila, DeAndre Yedlin, Dame N’Doye and Ola Toivonen all reach a conclusion at the end of the season, while veteran Wes Brown is out-of-contract and unlikely to get a new deal.
The likes of Jeremain Lens and Seb Larsson also face uncertain futures after struggling to secure a starting spot.
Sunderland’s squad are not due to return to training until Saturday, but Allardyce will hold talks with those affected players about their futures, before Sunday’s trip to Vicarage Road.
Allardyce added: “I will have conversations before the Watford game. I don’t think there’s any point in leaving players hanging.
“That’s one of the jobs I have to get through pretty quickly. It is worth talking to them if we are taking them forward with us in the next couple of days.
“What are we doing with those we already have? Whether they are on loan or under contract, whether they are not happy about not having as much game time as they wanted.
“We will see. I will have the conversations with those individuals.”