Roy Hodgson’s resignation as England manager a fortnight ago has clicked the rumour mill into full flow over who will be the next Three Lions boss.
The Football Association have said that a foreign manager may yet be appointed as his successor, however, there may well be a very good case for a solution closer to home.
Sam Allardyce has recently been installed as the odds-on favourite to take over from Hodgson, and has received the backing of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, but although he will undoubtedly divide opinion as England manager, here are a few reasons why Big Sam might just be the man to deliver some long-awaited success to the country.
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He Gets Results
No matter where Allardyce goes, he always seems to get the job done.
Since making his name on the managerial stage when sending Bolton Wanderers to the Premier League back in 2001, Big Sam has overseen nearly 1,000 games in English football.
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In that time, he has seen off the threat of relegation in charge of the Trotters and current side, Sunderland, and been promoted with West Ham United, whilst never being relegated from the top-flight.
Clearly, this is a man who gets the best out of his players.
Used to the Pressure
Football is a results business, and that is no truer than in international football.
Allardyce has now got a reputation for getting clubs out of trouble, with his job on the line every time. Never one to put style over substance, it could be argued that Allardyce’s strengths and values suit the international game perfectly.
Especially after seeing Portugal win Euro 2016 with just one 90-minute victory, so perhaps he’s worth a shot.
A Big Personality
One aspect pointed out in the aftermath of England’s abject display against Iceland was that there were no leaders on the pitch or in the dugout.
Nobody can fault Big Sam for his passion, and may have an advantage over the likes of Hodgson on this.
Who would England rather have had in the dressing room at half-time, 2-1 down? One would like to think that Allardyce could be the kick up the backside that England desperately need.
Premier League Experience
Only Harry Redknapp has more Premier League matches under his belt from English managers, but with over 400 top-flight games himself, Allardyce knows the Premier League inside-out, and only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger can match him out of the current crop of bosses.
Wenger’s name has been touted alongside Big Sam’s for the job, but has stated he will honour his current contract at the Emirates Stadium, leaving Allardyce as the front-runner for the time being – but is it as simple as that for the FA?
Relishes the big Stage
It’s no secret that Allardyce has been waiting for a job like this for years.
In fact, he has previously said he could manage Real Madrid – if only his surname was ‘Allardici’, but perhaps this is his curtain call, and a chance at last to prove whether he is all talk, or whether he has the tactical nous to take on the likes of Joachim Low and Didier Deschamps.
History tells us that Allardyce thrives under pressure, and this is probably the highest-pressure job in the country.
Over to you, Sam?
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