Sam keen on Sunderland

Image: Allardyce: ready to return

Sam Allardyce told Goals on Sunday he is willing to talk to Sunderland about the vacant manager's role.

Recharged Allardyce ready to talk to his former club

Sam Allardyce wants to talk to Sunderland about the vacant manager's job. The former Bolton and Newcastle boss is among the favourites to replace Roy Keane at the Stadium of Light, and has confirmed his interest. Allardyce, who played for Sunderland, says he has had no contact with the club, but says he is willing to talk to chairman Niall Quinn about a possible return to management. "There's been no contact between me and Sunderland," he told Goals On Sunday. "But I'd like to talk to them. I think that would be nice and we could see where went from there. "I'd like to get back into the game obviously now. "I've recharged the batteries, I'm raring to go and if the opportunity came along, as long as it was the right club for me, that would be great." Allardyce was quicker to rule himself out of the running for the Blackburn Rovers job. With Paul Ince under intense pressure following a sixth straight Premier League defeat, he is one of several high-profile names being linked with taking over. Rovers are reported to be making a decision on Ince's future this week but Allardyce says it is only paper talk linking him with the post - even if it becomes available. "That is pure press speculation," he said. "As far as I am concerned, there was a chance that I talked to Blackburn when it was between me, Paul Ince and Steve McClaren. "But that has been the sum total of any contact between me and Blackburn since then. There's nothing in it at the moment."

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