Experienced manager Sam Allardyce has said the “challenge” of returning to Premier League action with Sunderland was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.
Having seen his four-year spell with West Ham United come to an end in the summer, the former Bolton and Newcastle boss had been biding his time, waiting for his next opportunity in the top flight.
After a disappointing start to the season under Dick Advocaat, it was Sunderland who came calling for Big Sam’s services.
With the chance to get back into management in the Premier League and an opportunity to try and keep the Black Cats in the top flight, the offer to work at the Stadium of Light was too good for Allardyce to turn down.
He told Sky Sports: “I thought at the end of last season that maybe enough was enough but that was probably just an emotional reaction to leaving a club [where] I had four very successful years, thinking ‘should I carry on, should I do it again?’
“As time goes by you realise you have the football addiction. The blood starts churning at the start of the season, when you see the action of the Premier League on the telly. You see the conflicts and difficulties some managers have had – some good, some bad, some unexpected.
“The lure of the manager’s job is the responsibility; the challenge.”
Allardyce’s challenge begins on Saturday when the Black Cats head to West Brom.
Sunderland are 4.00 to win, 3.25 to draw and 2.00 to lose to the Baggies at The Hawthorns.