Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Allardyce Will Demand More Spending Power; Black Cats Call for Spending Power

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Allardyce Will Demand More Spending Power; Black Cats Call for Spending Power

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SAM Allardyce will seek assurances from chairman Ellis Short when they meet next week to plot Sunderland's summer, writes STUART RAYNER.

He also plans to let the club's outof-contract players know where they stand before Sunday's final game of the season.

Allardyce spent Wednesday night with Short celebrating the Black Cats securing their place in next season's topflight - but the next time they meet will be about what ambitions the Texan has for the next campaign and how much money he is prepared to spend to realise them. "As a manager you never get what you want," said Allardyce (pictured right), who now seems certain to stay at the club but was careful not to publicly commit himself.

"Not really because you always ask for the ultimate. You go in with all guns blazing saying what it would look like if it looked like this and you come to an agreement.

"The most important thing is me recruiting the players who will help the club get better. One of the problems is it is going to be so much more competitive because the agents are already ringing up booking their next Rolls Royce because they are gong to make so much money, charging so much for the players you want to buy.

"You will have to pay them so much to get the players because if we don't do it someone else will.

"We have an open tap with no plug. It comes in one end and goes out the other. So we have to live with that. What we have to do is get the best value for money we can. The great pleasure for me is we recruited very well in January.

"Hopefully that gives Ellis some confidence in going forward that we recruit in the same way we did in January."

Yann M'Vila, DeAndre Yedlin, Dame N'Doye and Ola Toivonen are on loan, while Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham and Valentine Roberge are out of contract.

Sebastian Larsson, Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley, Charis Mavrias, Liam Bridcutt, Emanuele Giaccherini and Santiago Vergini are likely to seek clarifications over their futures. …

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