“West Ham have certainly prospered under Slaven Bilic this year, but Allardyce deserves credit for getting the side promoted from the Championship and then establishing them in the Premier League during his time there.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on the reception Sam Allardyce will receive: “They [Hammers fans] should respect him, he did great for West Ham.
“He is one of the most famous and long-serving English managers, 20 years or so, very successful and charismatic.
“He got us back from the Championship and then stabilised the club in the Premier League so he has done amazing job and he should be praised big time.”
Sunderland head coach Sam Allardyce: “From experience, taking players to Dubai in the warm-weather training scenario, the players will come back much more capable, much more eager to overcome the position and try to get better results.
“It certainly gives everyone enough time physically to recover and recuperate mentally.
“We will certainly see a performance where the players have enough energy to win the game.”
West Ham have only lost one of their last seven games against Sunderland, although four have been drawn (W2, D4).
The Hammers have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Premier League home games against the Black Cats.