Eng­land’s Big Sam ‘right man’ for a scrap

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

SAM AL­LARDYCE was ap­pointed Eng­land man­ager yes­ter­day on a two- year con­tract, tasked with the job of restor­ing pride in the na­tional team after their dis­mal per­for­mances at Euro 2016.

Al­lardyce, at Sun­der­land since Oc­to­ber, will re­place Roy Hodg­son, who stepped down fol­low­ing Eng­land’s shock Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship de­feat by Ice­land in the round of 16 last month.

“I am ex­tremely hon­oured to be ap­pointed Eng­land man­ager, es­pe­cially as it is no se­cret that this is the role I have al­ways wanted. For me, it is ab­so­lutely the best job in English foot­ball,” Al­lardyce,

said in a state­ment. “I will do ev­ery­thing I can to help Eng­land do well and give our na­tion the suc­cess our fans de­serve. Above all, we have to make the peo­ple and the whole coun­try proud.”

Al­lardyce has pre­vi­ously man­aged Bolton Wan­der­ers, New­cas­tle United, Black­burn Rovers and West Ham United, but much of his coach­ing ca­reer has been spent scrap­ping in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble rather than chal­leng­ing for Pre­mier League ti­tle.

He had been the favourite for the job since Sun­der­land con­firmed last week that they had given the FA per­mis­sion to speak to their man­ager about the va­cant Eng­land po­si­tion.

For­mer Hull City man­ager Steve Bruce was also in­ter­viewed for the post while Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that the FA had spo­ken to United States head coach Jur­gen Klins­mann and Bournemouth man­ager Ed­die Howe.

Bruce re­signed yes­ter­day, weeks be­fore the new sea­son and days after be­ing in­ter­viewed for the va­cant na­tional job, the BBC re­ported.

The BBC re­ported that Bruce, 55, had wanted as­sur­ances about his role with Hull who put takeover talks on hold un­til Septem­ber.

Al­lardyce was first in­ter­viewed for the Eng­land po­si­tion fol­low­ing Sven- Go­ran Eriks­son’s de­par­ture after the 2006 World Cup, but he was over­looked in favour of Steve McClaren.

Eng­land have not reached the semi- fi­nals of a ma­jor tour­na­ment since they lost to Ger­many as hosts of Euro ‘ 96.

“Sam Al­lardyce is the right man for the Eng­land job,” FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn said.

“His ex­cel­lent man­age­rial cre­den­tials, in­clud­ing his abil­ity to re­alise the po­ten­tial of play­ers and teams, de­velop a strong team ethos and em­brace modern meth­ods that en­hance per­for­mance, made him the out­stand­ing choice.” – Reuters

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