Sam Allardyce looking for new manager bounce in Sunderland’s vital game at West Brom

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce hopes the new manager effect will compensate for a lack of preparation time with Sunderland’s squad and help him to a winning start as Black Cats boss.

Allardyce was only able to train with his full squad for the first time yesterday after Sunderland’s international contingent all returned to the Academy of Light.

With so little opportunity to put across his ideas and work with his new charges, Allardyce admits he will have to rely on Sunderland’s backroom staff to fill in the blanks for tomorrow’s trip to West Brom.

But with new managers invariably producing an upturn in results during their early days at the helm, Allardyce is looking for that bounce which will see him secure Sunderland’s first win of the season in his opening game at the helm.

Allardyce said: “Part of the process of settling in is that you have little time to work with the team before West Brom.

“I’m going to have to rely on that change of manager bounce that maybe kick-starts the players into getting that result, however they can achieve it.

“Only 13 players were here at the start of the week, so I’ve taken in a lot of information from the staff about what team we could play.

“If I get the initial reaction that a new team sometimes gives a new manager and get a result, then I have to sustain that and not let it dip away.

“I certainly hope that will be the case because that will mean we get a result in the next two games.”

Like Sunderland, West Brom are desperate for victory tomorrow, with the Baggies sinking to fourth-bottom spot after back-to-back defeats against Everton and Crystal Palace.

Tony Pulis’s side are yet to register a win at The Hawthorns this season, while their tally of six goals from the opening eight games is the joint lowest in the Premier League.

“Tony’s lost two on the trot which is something we all try to avoid as it puts the pressure on,” added Allardyce.

“We haven’t won yet so it makes it edgy for the pair of us.

“For me, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

“I think I beat Tony (Pulis) 3-0 in my first game at Blackburn when he was at Stoke.

“That gave everybody such a big boost and from there we grew.

“That may not happen tomorrow, but it will have to happen sooner or later.”