Pool boss linked with Big Sam reunion at Sunderland

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald is facing a big decision about his future, after Sam Allardyce was named the new Sunderland manager.

The Blackpool boss is a long-time assistant to Allardyce, working alongside him at Bolton, Newcastle, Blackpool and West Ham when Big Sam left Upton Park at the end of last season.

While Pool are on a good run of a form after three wins on the bounce, reports are tipping McDonald for a reunion with Allardyce.

Allardyce, who took charge at Blackpool at the start of his managerial career in the 1990s, yesterday agreeed to replace Dick Advocaat after a poor start to the season for the Black Cats.

And it is widely believed the former Newcastle manager will offer McDonald a role on his backroom staff on his return to the North-East.

The Seasiders boss was desperate to become a manager in his own right but it remains to be seen whether the lure of the Premier League could be too much for him to turn down.

McDonald was unavailable for comment on the matter this morning.