Two new managers are welcomed to the Premier League after the International break, but the profile of one Jurgen Klopp's move to Liverpool has seen the introduction of Sam Allardyce at Sunderland humbled, assumedly to the relief of 'Big Sam'.
The last thing anyone at Sunderland needs right now is the limelight. A run of four straight league defeats and without a win to their name in the league the Black Cats have undoubtedly been the underperformers of the opening round of fixtures.
Liverpool weren't far behind in that title as both clubs parted ways with their respective managers on the same weekend after poor starts to the season, and although it was Liverpool who reacted quickest to fill the gap, it was Sunderland who avoided the media pressure and landed a manager who is by nature, a fixer or clubs.
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The fact that his move went highly unnoticed (in respect to the pandemonium of Klopp's Kop) will only bode well for Big Sam's return up north where a Sunderland side needs a big relief of pressure.
This isn't to say an easy ride is what Allardyce is going to get. The arrival of a former Newcastle manager will understandably be met with some tenacity from the rafters at The Stadium of Light. That being said it wasn't all rosy for Big Sam at St. James Park either and the feelings left there weren't exactly ones of compassion for the Magpies, Sunderland fans may see this as a chance for redemption.
And what a chance it is. Sunderland need all the help they can get at the moment. Leaking goals at the back and unable to hit a barn door with the proverbial machine gun up front, North East football isn't exactly setting the Premier League alight with excitement and with the exception of the highly talented Duncan Watmore, Sunderland haven't looked remotely like a Premier League team this season.
But what better man to sort all that out than Big Sam himself? Successful spells at establishing clubs like Blackburn and Bolton in the Premier League, only to see them fall away after not being able to sustain saw his parting with both clubs and led him to also establishing West Ham as a Premier League side. A side who now challenge for Europa League football, a side who not long ago were trying to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Allardyce's 'one dimensional' football is often eventually his downfall, but the ugly wins he used to accrue when keeping Blackburn, Bolton and eventually West Ham in the Premier League is effective, even if only for a while. But a while may be all Sunderland need.
Staying up this season is priority number one, and already an uphill task for Sam Allardyce, but one that is not unfamiliar to a man of his stature. The way in which Allardyce was appointed at The Stadium of Light happened in just the way Sunderland's season needs to develop.
A quiet build up of confidence and steady progression is just what is needed, and the lower profile nature of him joining this team in ruin may be exactly the relief of pressure Sunderland need to stay in the top flight
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