Jul 22, 2016
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Sunderland’s ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce appointed England manager – Twitter reacts

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The news has now been confirmed by the FA that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be the next England manager. The Dudley-born manager enjoyed a 21-year playing career before trying his hand at management, rising to fame at Bolton Wanderers.

In his eight years at Bolton, he took them from the Championship to the UEFA Cup, before leaving in 2007. Since then, Big Sam has been in the hot seat at Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, and most recently Sunderland, who he saved from relegation last season having been appointed after a poor start for the Black Cats.

 

Having previously been manager at lower league clubs including Blackpool, Notts County and Preston after kicking off his managerial career at Irish club Limerick, there are few men to know the English game better.

The former Bolton and Millwall player was previously interviewed for the job in 2006, when it was then given to Steve McClaren, and in his autobiography, spoke of a burning desire to one day manage his national team, and he has now been given the job after a lengthy interview process when names such as Jurgen Klinssman, Roberto Mancini and Steve Bruce were also in the running.

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Allardyce is expected to take charge of his first game as England manager on 4th September in a World Cup Qualifier when the national side travel to Slovakia to open their campaign for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news…

He has always wanted the job…

He’s got the passion…

Some think he’s the best available option…

Some believe he’ll get the best out of an underachieving squad…

But others slammed the appointment as more of the same…

And some went as far as to call it a step backwards…

And speculation has already begun about the future…

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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