‘You’ll never get a better club than this’, Allardyce warns Sunderland players

first_img1 Sam Allardyce has never been relegated in his managerial career Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they are unlikely to get a better club if their stay on Wearside ends in relegation.The Black Cats travel to Norwich on Saturday knowing defeat would leave their Barclays Premier League status hanging by a thread, and the cull that would follow would be painful, just as it was the last time they slipped out of the top flight in 2003.But while some players would inevitably leave the Stadium of Light should the worst happen, Allardyce had told them the grass will not necessarily be greener and urged them to make sure their future remains in the north-east and the Premier League.He said: “It would hurt immensely if the club got relegated, for the club’s sake first, not mine. I’ve had a fantastic career.“I would be disappointed if I had that one relegation against my managerial career from the Premier League. It would hurt, yes, but it’s more important for the club than it is for me. As a football club, it’s more important for the players than it is for me in terms of my career.“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realise that.“I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.”last_img read more