The recently unveiled Sunderland boss has hinted he may move for his former captain, but refused to be drawn on who he will appoint as his assistant
Allardyce, who left West Ham at the end of the last campaign, was announced as the new Black Cats boss over the weekend following the departure of Dick Advocaat.
Having saved Sunderland from relegation in remarkable style last season, Advocaat’s failure to get any victories in the first eight games of the new Premier League campaign saw him resign from the Stadium of Light post.
At Allardyce’s unveiling, the 60-year-old manager indicated that evaluating the club’s squad would be his first priority, though he did not rule out a move for Nolan.
“I have to assess the squad I’ve got. Do I need a midfielder?” Allardyce told Sky Sports News.
“Kevin and I go back a long way, everyone knows that, but I have to assess the squad first and the quality I’ve got here. I may chose to enter down that line but first I need to allow the players here to show what they can do.”
The recently-appointed manager also outlined the size of the task required to keep Sunderland in the Premier League, suggesting it will take a long time to course correct their poor start.
“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,” he added.
Though willing to speak openly about Nolan, Allardyce would not be drawn on the possible recruitment of an assistant manager, refusing to disclose any moves.
“I have a few irons in the fire, nothing definite yet,” the 60-year-old continued when asked if former Black Cats coach Peter Reid would be brought on board.
“I won’t disclose that yet. I’ve spoken to who I consider to be my No2.”
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