Sunderland’s new boss David Moyes has promised fans they will get new players in the squad before the transfer window shuts.
Sunderland have yet to make a single addition to their first-team squad since narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League, with departures and injuries leaving them worryingly light on numbers with less than a fortnight to go before the start of the new season.
Moyes thinks that is partially down to the Football Association’s pursuit of Allardyce but vowed to bring with him the acumen he showed at Goodison Park.
His troubled 10-month spell at Old Trafford was scarcely mentioned as the Scot repeatedly drew comparisons with his successful stint on Merseyside.
“The FA had been talking to Sam for three or four weeks. I don’t know if you can really do much business in that period,” he said.
“You’ve got to give us a wee bit of grace on that. It does take a bit of time, but we’ll make it work. We’ll get signings in.
“I am confident because if you look at the transfers we had at Everton I think we had the best transfer record of any club anywhere in the Premier League.
“I hope to somehow replicate that in my time at Sunderland. Can I do that right away? No.
“It’s not as easy now as it was before. You’re not going to change it in one transfer window and if we are a bit late in the transfer window we’ll do the best we can.
“What we want to try and do is get the right players at the right price, like we did in the early days (at Everton). Players who we think can go the journey with us.”