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Highlights as Sam Allardyce was unveiled as Sunderland boss


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New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was quizzed as he was unveiled to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

He was questioned an a range of topics and was more forthcoming on some than others.

On what control he will have over recruitment:

"No manager has full control anymore. We all will go through a process. My process would be that we would speak together and make the right decision."

On the possibility of a reunion with out-of-contract midfielder Kevin Nolan:

"Kevin and me go back a long way, as everybody knows, but I have to assess the squad I have at the moment, I have to assess the ability of the squad and then take it from there.

"If Kevin Nolan is an addition that I may look at in the future if I feel that is a player that is going to give us something, then I may choose to enter down that line."

On the demands of his new job:

"I think I got in about 8am yesterday and got home about 11pm last night - it will be like that for a considerable period of time until I feel comfortable with putting my ideas and my beliefs into the football club, and hopefully those ideas and beliefs will be enough to make sure that we are a Premier League football club next season."

On his lingering England ambitions:

"If I am doing exceptionally well when (England manager) Roy (Hodgson) decides that he is not there anymore, then I might have a chance."

On the appointment of an assistant:

"There is some progress, but nothing definite yet. When there is something definite, we will announce it accordingly when it is all sorted out."