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.
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…
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) July 20, 2016
He’s got the passion…
Superb seeing sam #allardyce new England manager. Finally FA got someone with passion & who actually cares. We've got our football team back
— Richard Millett (@RichMillett) July 20, 2016
Sam Allardyce might also have more personality than a peanut. Could sort out the passion and egos in the dressing room.
— Sam Cripps (@sampafc23) July 20, 2016
Some think he’s the best available option…
Sam Allardyce is an acquired taste for some – but would take him over Jurgen Klinsmann as England manager every time.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 13, 2016
Who other than Sam (if English)?
Howe? Found Burnley too big.
Harry? Ship sailed.
Pards. Won't ever happen. Trust me.
Let's get behind him
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) July 20, 2016
Linking Steve Bruce with the England job was a great way of making the appointment of Sam Allardyce look like the best option.
— Jason Spacey (@Jason_Spacey) July 20, 2016
Some believe he’ll get the best out of an underachieving squad…
Last seasons remarkable Sunderland turnaround is an example of what Sam Allardyce can do with players whose confidence is holding them back.
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) July 20, 2016
Sam Allardyce is set to become the new England boss. The football won't be great but he knows how to grind a result out. Feel for Sunderland
— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) July 20, 2016
But others slammed the appointment as more of the same…
Appointing Sam Allardyce isn't going to make people who've turned their backs on the national team take notice. Sideways move.
— Sam Smith (@SmithSamuel_) July 11, 2016
England will never win a major tournament with managers like Sam Allardyce. Just another Roy Hodgson.
— dominic coare (@domcoare) July 20, 2016
And some went as far as to call it a step backwards…
Big Sam to become the new #England Manager..English football has just gone backwards 100 years!! ???
— Mido (@midoahm) July 20, 2016
Not for the first time in recent times, the whole world is laughing at us. First Brexit, now Big Sam. We are a joke.
— Dëëp LFC (@anLFCfan) July 20, 2016
Know what's actually NOT all that great? Sam Allardyce's managerial record … total win rate of only 39% in all jobs.
— View from Gorgie (@ViewfromGorgie) July 20, 2016
And speculation has already begun about the future…
Phil Brown is now publicly touting himself as England No. 2 under Sam Allardyce, which is a horror none of us had truly considered.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 14, 2016
— Chris Walsh (@walshy_2011) July 20, 2016
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