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Big Sam surfaces for first time since England exit to watch Man Utd thrash Turks amid talk of Sunderland return

Sam Allardyce was in the stands at Old Trafford last night to watch Manchester United thrash Turkish giants Fenerbahce 4-1 in the Europa League.

Had things turned out differently, Big Sam would have been scouting Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney in his role as England boss.

However, he lasted just 67 days as national team manager, before leaving his position in disgrace following a newspaper sting.

In fact, this was Big Sam’s first appearance at a football event since his England departure.

Allardyce could soon be back in football on a full-time basis, though, with The Independent suggesting that a return to Sunderland could be on the cards for the 62-year-old.

Big Sam’s first spell in charge of Sunderland lasted just over nine months and ended in July when he took the England job.

His win percentage with the Black Cats was just 29%, but he managed to keep the club in the Premier League – a feat his replacement David Moyes may struggle to replicate based on his start at the Stadium of Light.

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