Al­lardyce only wor­thy English coach

Lesotho Times - - Sport - — IOL

LON­DON — Sam Al­lardyce is the only English­man with cred­i­ble prospects of suc­ceed­ing Roy Hodg­son as Eng­land man­ager, with the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ac­cept­ing that the dearth of do­mes­tic can­di­dates makes it a ne­ces­sity to pur­sue the op­tion of ap­point­ing a for­eign coach.

FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn, vicechair­man David Gill and tech­ni­cal direc­tor Dan Ash­worth have held pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions to for­malise a list of cri­te­ria for the next Eng­land man­ager to ad­here to.

And while there re­mains a de­sire to ap­point an English man­ager to re­place Hodg­son, who re­signed in the wake of Eng­land’s Euro 2016 elim­i­na­tion at the hands of tour­na­ment min­nows Ice­land last month, Al­lardyce is viewed as the only English­man with the track record to war­rant con­sid­er­a­tion.

Gareth South­gate, the Eng­land U21 head coach, and Glenn Hod­dle, who has not man­aged since leav­ing Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers 10 years ago, are both in the frame to act as an in­terim man­ager should the FA’S search still be on­go­ing when the World Cup qual­i­fiers be­gin with a trip to Slo­vakia in Septem­ber.

De­spite South­gate’s re­luc­tance to work as an in­terim man­ager, the FA have still to rule the 45-year-old out of the run­ning for that po­si­tion.

How­ever, there is a de­ter­mi­na­tion to ap­point an es­tab­lished man­ager as Hodg­son’s suc­ces­sor and Al­lardyce, who kept Sun­der­land in the Pre­mier League against the odds last sea­son, is re­garded as pos­sess­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence, track record and per­son­al­ity to take on the Eng­land job.

At 61, the for­mer Bolton, New­cas­tle, Black­burn and West Ham man­ager is seven years younger than Hodg­son and still keen to man­age his coun­try hav­ing been over­looked in favour of Steve McClaren fol­low­ing Sven-goran Eriks­son’s de­par­ture from the post in 2006.

Al­lardyce re­mains an out­sider to land the Eng­land job, though, with Arsene Wenger and Lau­rent Blanc ahead of him and Jur­gen Klins­mann, cur­rently man­ag­ing the United States, in­stalled as the book­mak­ers’ favourite.

Klins­mann is con­tracted to the United States Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion ( USSF) un­til 2018, but the Ger­man is un­der­stood to have an un­easy re­la­tion­ship with USSF pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati and would be open to dis­cus­sions with the FA.

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