Sunderland have sacked their head coach and have announced the appointment of ex-West Ham and Chelsea boss Sam Allardice as the club’s new manager.
Allardyces contract expired on July 1 and he will be replaced by former Everton and Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo.
The 61-year-old Allardices first job was as the head coach of Blackburn Rovers in 1997, before being sacked by the club following the 1998-99 season.
He had a brief spell as a player with Chelsea and was a part of the 2005-06 title winning team.
He is also the first manager to have a managerial career in the English top flight.
Allardyce has won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, the last one in 2011-12.
He was named manager of England’s national team in 2014.