Sunderland 1/4 to suffer relegation at end of the season

New Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he isn't too optimistic about his chances of keeping Sunderland in the top flight

Sunderland 1/4 to suffer relegation at end of the season

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Glen Laidlaw

October 14th, 2015

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Sunderland are having a horrendous season so far and following a winless opening eight games during which they have amassed a mere three points they are sitting level on points with Newcastle United at the foot of the Premier League table, only goal difference keeping them off the bottom.

Nevertheless, with the departure of Dick Advocaat and the arrival of former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce in his place, the supporters were cautiously optimistic that things were about to change.

The bookmakers aren’t too optimistic about this, William Hill going 1/4 that Sunderland suffer relegation to the second tier of English football at the end of the season. Allardyce himself isn’t too hopeful either:

“The club has had to wait until the last game to ensure safety three or four times over the last few years. I want to make sure we don’t get into that panic zone, and 30 games to get there is one of the reasons why I took the job. It gives me a bit of time,” he told reporters at a recent press conference.

“The club has fantastic facilities to support the players and I hope it has the fantastic staff to support them. What I want to find out is whether the staff are doing as much as they can to help the players, and some of the players are disappointed with what they’ve produced up until now.

“I’m happy to give people here a chance. They’re highly qualified, but I just want to see if they can work to my methods and if we all get on. If that’s okay, then I don’t envisage many changes. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll suggest a change, but I wouldn’t envisage that is going to be a priority.”

William Hill are going 1/4 that the Black cats drop to the Championship at the close of the current campaign, while the same bookie go 9/4 that Allardyce is gone by the final day of the season.



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