When 'losing' is the only specialist trait of your football club, any other formula is a welcome change. Sam Allardyce is all set to become the new Sunderland manager according to the Daily Mirror, taking his infamous brand of direct football to the Stadium of Light. That may not provide too many moments of silky smooth football, but it'll surely haul some hard-fought points on the board. The 60-year-old has a reputation of being the 'solid' option, a manager who won't watch his team get relegated from the top flight, even if it means selling the part of your soul that enjoys flowing, gorgeous football. Allardyce is also famed for his wheeling and dealing, picking up some tremendous players for low prices and unearthing foreign gems who went on to become beloved Premier League talents. Jay Jay Okocha (so good they named him twice) was a magician during Allardyce's successful reign at Bolton, and he's been privileged enough to unearth and manage some tremendous players over the years. So now the question is: Who will Big Sam bring to the North East? Unfortunately, Okocha is 42 and seven years into a happy retirement, but which players could Sunderland snap up in the new era?
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