The Football Association appear to have stepped up their search for a successor to Roy Hodgson today with reports revealing one of their top targets for the England managerial position has flown in from Austria to hold talks.
As reported by The Sun's Neil Ashton, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is expected to meet for talks with the FA before the week is out, after flying back to the country from Sunderland's European pre-season training camp.
Any meeting with Allardyce will be the second time the ex-Blackburn, Bolton and West Ham boss has met with the FA since Hodgson resigned as England manager in the wake of the team's shock defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
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This time around, again per The Sun, Allardyce is set to meet with the FA's head of elite development Dan Ashworth in a face-to-face meeting.
Although the 61-year-old's curtailing of his time in Austria is also said to involve completing some club business, the fact his meeting with England couldn't wait until Sunderland's original return date suggests that his chances of clinching the England job as fairly high.
Allardyce already has the support of several high profile figures in the game, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp, and appears to be the most likely Englishman to get the top job after helping The Black Cats to survival in the Premier League last season.
He does, though, face competition from a long list of foreign candidates that reportedly includes the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann and Guus Hiddink.
Only time will tell as to who ultimately gets the position, but Allardyce looks set to get his chance to impress in the next few days.