Allardyce thanks fans

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has thanked the supporters for their patience as he tries to turn things around at the club.

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The Black Cats are once again fighting for their top-flight lives heading into the last five games of the season, and Allardyce has thanked the fans for their continued support.

‘Big Sam’ says the fans could easily have turned volatile and created a bad atmosphere at the Stadium of light, but they have stayed positive and Allardyce believes that is down to the players’ change in attitude.

“We’ve been selling 45-46,000 and the atmosphere has been very good, and they have been trying to support the players,” Allardyce told the Gazette.

“I’d have thought we might have had a few more disenchanted fans who might have expressed their vocal disapproval in matches.

“But they have seen a change in at least the attitude of the team, which was non-negotiable for me. If not, why play football? What are you doing here?

“Going out and playing with a great deal of effort is something the fans expect, and they want to see you trying your best.

“But when it looks like you’re not trying and it looks like you don’t care, that’s when it can turn quite volatile.”

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