England are poised to announce the appointment of Sam Allardyce as the national team manager today.
The 61-year-old will leave his post at Sunderland to take on the role made available by Roy Hodgson’s departure following Euro 2016.
A three-man selection panel from the FA will agree that Allardyce is their preferred candidate, the Englishman beating compatriot Steve Bruce to the job.
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It will mark a significant achievement for Allardyce, who applied for the job in 2006 after Sven Goran-Eriksson’s exit but lost out to Steve McLaren.
He’s never failed to hide his desire to lead the Three Lions and now, after improving his C.V. by helping Sunderland to Premier League survival, he will get his shot.
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Many England fans cite Allardyce’s track record - leading Bolton from the old Division One to sixth in the Premier League before stabilising a financially-strapped Blackburn Rovers team, in addition to his accomplishments at West Ham and Sunderland - as justification that he is the right man to lead England into the 2018 World Cup.
And he’s also been given the seal of approval from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese, currently in China where his team are competing in the International Champions Cup, reckons Allardyce is the “right person” for the Three Lions.
Mourinho also admitted he will try to help the incoming England manager by ensuring his English players are in a good condition when they attend international duties.
“You are a complicated country for the person that gets the job! I think he’s the right person for that. I think he’s a good choice but I think he needs support,” Mourinho said, per Goal.
“I think you can do better in respect of that, because my experience in your country shows me that in the football world you could do a bit better.
“I think Sam has never had the big chance at the highest level, lots of experience in the Premier League but never that big one. But now he has the big one, so I think he is more than ready. I think he is a good motivator, I think he can create a good team spirit with his players.
“I wish him all the best. From my side, not just as a friend but as a Man United manager, the only thing I can promise is that I will try to support him in the best way, preparing the players for him, trying to have the English players available in good conditions to help him, and I hope he can do the same.”