Ferguson and Allardyce met many times in the Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson identifies Sam Allardyce as best choice for England manager

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After Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager in such unceremonious fashion following his side's dismal Euro 2016 campaign, speculation has been rife regarding who will be his successor.

Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Garry Monk have all been rumoured with the vacant role yet neither of the three are likely to be chosen by The FA, for one reason or another.

Hodgson stepping down was perhaps timely, not just because of England's shambolic exit against Iceland, but because a new direction is needed.


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The Three Lions possess a host of talented and exciting players - Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jack Wilshere but to name a few - but something is quite clearly missing.

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has now had his say on the matter and believes a current Premier League boss is the ideal candidate to take over: Sam Allardyce.

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According to Sky Sports, he said: "The problem is there was an expectation England would do well and because they didn't, it's all a bit flat.

"So they need to work out what the plan B is.

"It's very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam's experience, he is the obvious choice."

For Ferguson, though, The FA need to look outside of the Premier League too for potential replacements.

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The Scotsman added: "But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it's Sam, fine.

"But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.

"Thank goodness I'm not making the choice because it's a difficult one, but Sam's the best English candidate because he's in the Premier League."

Alongside his managerial suggestion, Ferguson also believes the Premier League format needs reviewing to give players a more substantial winter break.

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"In Germany they have a rest in December and January and teams who play in a better climate must be better prepared than English players," he continued.

"They don't even get a month's rest because they played three friendly games and they're training from June 12. That needs to be addressed."

Taking the England job would mean Allardyce stepping down as Sunderland manager just one year after arriving at the Stadium of Light.

The 61-year-old worked his magic to steer the Black Cats clear of relegation last season and possesses the passion to make the step up to international management.

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