Nolan: Allardyce would be a success at Sunderland

Roy Keane quit as boss of Sunderland on Thursday and reports link Allardyce, who was axed as manager of Newcastle 10 months ago, with the job.

Nolan said: “I would definitely give the job to Sam if I was Sunderland chairman — no doubt about it. I know he could sort them out and has to be a strong candidate.

“I was sad to see what happened at Newcastle. I’m sure if he’d been given time they would have really developed under his guidance because he’s a top manager. He deserves a big job.”