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Big Sam thinks he’ll do so well at the Sta­dium Of Light that he’ll be the best man for the job when Roy Hodg­son re­tires.

The 60-year-old hasn’t taken charge of a sin­gle game yet for Sun­der­land — but he thinks he’ll be a big hit on Wear­side.

And it will even­tu­ally lead him to the promised land in charge of the Three Lions. Al­lardyce said last night: “If I am do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally, well when Roy de­cides he doesn’t want to be there, then I have got a chance.”

Big Sam was close to get­ting the job in 2006, be­fore los­ing out to Sven Go­ran Eriks­son.

He said: “I should have got it and, as I’m a bet­ter man­ager now than I was then, I be­lieve I should be in the run­ning when­ever it comes round again.”

To get another shot at it, he knows he must fire Sun­der­land up the Premier League ta­ble now he’s taken over from Dick Ad­vo­caat.

They cur­rently sit sec­ond from bot­tom with­out a win in the first eight games.

He knows it will be a ma­jor chal­lenge, say­ing: “My job is hope­fully not to get into that panic and fear zone where there are a few games left and if you don’t win, you get rel­e­gated.

“I have some time now to try and sort that out as quickly as I can.”

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