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