The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.
At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.
Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.
People have been asking for clarity on our managerial situation and, well, it doesn't get much clearer than that.
Since the win against Everton in May we have all felt a renewed sense of optimism about the season ahead under Sam Allardyce, with it seeming like the club had finally turned a corner and were, for the first time in years, looking forward and not backward.
Though the news of Sam Allardyce's potential departure should not really come as a surprise to anyone following weeks of speculation, it still hurts badly.
It's important that we really dissect the statement from the club and remember a few things:
- Sam Allardyce requested permission to meet with the FA.
- This process should have been confidential, and not public.
- The club still want Sam Allardyce to remain the manager of our football club.
- The club want the issue quickly resolved so that the disruption is minimal.