The bookmakers and media pundits were not alone in tipping or even rooting for Sam Allardyce as the new manager of Sunderland AFC.
He was also the supporters' choice and Friday's announcement of his appointment was broadly welcomed.
Allardyce famously divides fans. Admirers point out that he has a habit of not allowing his teams to be relegated. He makes his players work and organises them in all areas of the pitch, especially at the back.
Detractors complain that he encourages, even requires,...