Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is going to be appointed England’s next manager, as reported by British Media.
England has been without a coach since Roy Hodgson walked out following their Euro 2016 exit to Iceland in the last 16. It was reported by Sky Sports that Allardyce would be confirmed about his replacement at a Football Association board meeting. Allardyce, 61, has been manager at Sunderland since last October. To help them clear relegation last season was managed by him.
Spells at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United is included in his coaching CV but he has never been able to manage a club who were likely to test his ability for the Premier League title.
He has, however, never been relegated from England’s top flight and has not been afraid to annoy along the way with some opposing coaches condemning his playing style and blaming his teams of being overly physical or employing negative tactics.
Allardyce has been the favourite for the job, as was confirmed by Sunderland and the FA permission to speak to their manager about the vacant England position has been given by them.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce was also interviewed for the job, while British media reported the FA had spoken to United States’ German head coach Juergen Klinsmann as well as Bournemouth’s English coach Eddie Howe.
A new coach is being quested by England after their humiliating exit from the European Championship at the end of last month.
Hodgson said he was standing down in the immediate aftermath of a 2-1 last-16 defeat to Iceland, the smallest country to ever compete in the tournament.
Allardyce was first interviewed for the England job following Sven-Goran Eriksson’s departure after the 2006 World Cup but he was disregarded in favour of Steve McClaren.
He will now have to restore pride in the England team, who has not reached the semi-final of a major tournament since they lost to Germany as hosts in the last four of Euro 96.
The new manager would need to “build resilience” in his players, as was told by FA chief executive Martin Glenn to the BBC.
“The British press, like it or not, are probably the most intensely passionate about the game in the world and that has a spill-over effect,” he said.
“The consequence of which is people probably play not to make a mistake, as opposed to play to win.
“So the new manager’s got to be someone who can inspire people to get the best out of themselves, build resilience and unashamedly adopt the kind of psychological techniques that other sports and other football teams have done.