Sunderland AFC news: McClaren should copy Allardyce, long wait at Arsenal, winger wants move

Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce
Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce
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Under-fire Newcastle boss Steve McClaren should copy the approach of Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, says BBC pundit Danny Murphy.

Newcastle took Sunderland's place in the relegation zone last weekend after the Black Cats' triumphed over Stoke, while the Magpies were thrashed 5-1 at Crystal Palace.

Since taking charge at the Stadium of Light in October, Allardyce has focused on making Sunderland more resilient and defensively sound.

And in a BBC column, Murphy said: "If I were Magpies boss Steve McClaren, I would be a bit more pragmatic with the players at my disposal and try to make things a bit simpler for them - like Sam Allardyce has done since taking charge at Sunderland.

"The Black Cats have certainly not played pretty football since Allardyce arrived but they have looked so well organised and shown they are willing to fight for points."

The solidity which has seen Sunderland keep clean sheets in their last two games will be tested at title-chasing Arsenal tomorrow, where the Black Cats have not won in the league since 1983.

Current assistant manager Paul Bracewell was playing for Sunderland in that game and Allardyce admits that he would happily take a goalless draw at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, on-loan Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has again been speaking about the prospects of remaining at Bologna next summer.

Giaccherini is in the midst of a season-long loan with the Serie A club and is beginning to rediscover his form after an injury-hit campaign at Sunderland last season.

He said: "I think Bologna is really important, a strong club with a great president. I came here to find myself again."