Sam Allardyce wants to stay at Sunderland next season after the club ensured survival – and the manager insists he hopes to strengthen his squad over the summer.
Two goals from Lamine Kone followed a Patrick Van Aanholt free-kick helped Sunderland to a 3-0 win over Everton as the Black Cats sealed survival with a game to spare.
Allardyce admitted his January arrivals had played their part as the Black Cats became a team who became much harder to beat.
“If you go back to November, Everton 6-2 Sunderland, it shows how far we have come,” he told Sky Sports after the game on Wednesday.
“There were a long few winter months, we got players in January and turned into a team from January onwards. We became a team that was difficult to beat, who did not like losing and continued the run constantly for the last few months.
“The Norwich result was the big one we needed, we got close, there was a slip up and then I think the performance against Chelsea, the comeback, gave us momentum to win this game against Everton.”
Allardyce insists he’s happy to stay at Sunderland and is already thinking about strengthening his squad.
“I hope I am here next season,” he added. “We have just secured the financial side of being in the Premier League which was most important this season. What that gives us in terms of spending power, it is the same for everybody. It is about how wise we spend it, find players we need, like we did in January.
“The next set of recruitment is crucial for the football club, so we are not cheering or doing a lap of honour for having avoided relegation.”