England’s hunt for a new manager could stretch far and wide.
The FA have confirmed that they wouldn’t hesitate to appoint a foreign manager. Simply put, the governing body wish to appoint someone who can revive the national team after yet another disastrous tournament.
Gareth Southgate has already ruled himself out of the running but Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to discuss the position. Plenty of names are flying around but Sir Alex Ferguson believes the FA’s pool should be reduced to one.
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The Manchester United legend will have a say in choosing England’s next manager, according to The Sun, who believe FA vice-chairman David Gill is eager to consult with his former United colleague.
And if Ferguson gets his way, the FA only need to look in their back yard to find England’s next manager.
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The Scot reportedly wants Sam Allardyce, Sunderland’s current manager, to become England boss.
Results over aesthetics
Now that would be a turn up for the books. Although they were unable to put the ball in the net often enough, England showcased some fine football during Euro 2016.
But they wouldn’t be the most aesthetically pleasing nation if Allardyce gets the job.
‘Big Sam’ doesn’t value artistry. All he cares about is results. And if that means introducing an ugly style of play that opposing teams dread, so be it.
And he gets Ferguson’s approval. The retired manager believes Allardyce over-achieved in his previous roles at Bolton, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and now at the Stadium of Light.
It’s hard to argue with that assessment. Allardyce led Bolton from the old division one to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League in six seasons.
He then moved on to Blackburn, where he led a financially-strapped team to regular mid-table finishes in the top flight.
He arrived at West Ham following their relegation to the Championship and secured an immediate return to the Premier League. Under Allardyce, West Ham reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.
And everybody knows about the impressive escape he pulled off on Wearside. Upon his arrival in October 2015, Sunderland were 19th in the league having picked up three points from their opening eight games.
He set the tone with a 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle in his second game in charge and a six-game unbeaten run to the end the season - including a win over Chelsea - secured their survival.
Allardyce’s interest in managing England isn’t a secret and, with Ferguson’s support, he could finally land his dream job.