Allardyce rules out long haul tours

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has revealed the club will be staying in Europe for their pre-season and will not do any globe trotting.

Sunderland: Allardyce rules out long haul tours Sunderland: Allardyce rules out long haul tours

Allardyce is anxious to avoid last summer’s gruelling trips to Canada and the USA, which were widely criticised by the then boss Dick Advocaat, and instead he wants to stay in Europe.

The squad already have a week-long training camp booked in Austria and now Allardyce is looking to line up some friendlies in France as warm ups.

Sunderland are behind in their planning as they were unsure of which division they would be in next term until the last two weeks of the season.

Allardyce said: “Pre-season, we’re still catching up as we couldn’t plan.

“It was either/or – was it for the Championship, was it for the Premier League? So we’re still finishing that off.

“But we’re going to stay in Europe. It’s very important for us that we don’t travel too far.

“Going around the continent and around the world, America, places like that – it isn’t right for any team to be doing when you are building up to a massive game in the Premier League again

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