Hiring Big Sam would be a regressive step for England

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The many rumours linking Sam Allardyce with the England job should concern every fan of the national team.

The 61-year-old is vastly experienced, but other than that and his nationality, he does not offer anything that would inspire confidence and excite England fans. 

Allardyce's greatest achievements as a manager include a number of lower division titles, and not ever being relegated from the Premier League. Is that really something the FA should be rewarding? Especially when you consider the constant issues brought up surrounding his style of play. 


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There are countless better candidates for the role, and one would hope the FA bosses are just starting out with their interview process. The limitations of Roy Hodgson were desperately exposed in top tier tournament play during his tenure, and Allardyce comes from the same kind of tactical crop as Hodgson, and is possibly even more negative. 

One would not be confident going into a knockout game against a top nation such as Germany with Joachim Low standing opposite Allardyce; the two could not be further apart in tactical nouse.

The players that England have are young and exciting and would be limited by Big Sam's drab and negative style of play. 

His tenure at West Ham United, especially his final season, highlights how his long ball and defensive centric style can inhibit success, as Slaven Bilic has gotten much more out of largely the same group of players excluding Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. 

Eddie Howe Should Be Considered

Eddie Howe would be a much better and more positive long-term appointment and represents progression in playing style and promoting youth both on and off the pitch.

Whilst Howe doesn't have the years of experience that Allardyce has, he is more tactically astute and suited to international football where it is much harder to break teams down as we saw in many tight games during Euro 2016.

The real worry for English football is that there is not one outstanding candidate that demands the job, and that many of the real candidates don't have age on their side - Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Harry Redknapp. 

One should consider the kind of football that will see England be able to compete at the back end of tournaments, and it certainly is not Allardyce's. 

Who should be England's next manager? Leave YOUR suggestions in the comment section below!

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