Sam Allardyce is optimistic about his chances of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League but admits that the club have “not got a lot of time to waste.”
The 60-year-old, who replaces Dick Advocaat as Black Cats boss, has been out of work since leaving his post as West Ham manager during the summer.
His new side Sunderland are currently 19th in the table, five points from safety and without league victory since May.
Allardyce told reporters in his first press confidence he would keep Sunderland up, but admitted he would need every game possible.
“The season is underway,” said Allardyce. “You’ve not got a lot of time to waste because every game comes around very quickly, and we’ve got to try and prepare for the first game which is West Brom.
“We have to try and install a little bit more confidence in the team and hopefully they can go one better than they did against West Ham.
“It’ll take the vast majority of the 30 games [left] to get us safe, it takes time to catch up when you have a bad start to the season, historically, as has been seen at this club during the past few season.
“But that’s partly why I came here; because there are enough games left in the season to get us out of trouble.”
Allardyce lasted less tha a season last time he took a job in the North East, but he reassured fans that he would be spending longer at the Stadium of Light than he did at St James’ Park.

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