Sam Allardyce has been officially announced as the new England manager.
The ex-Sunderland boss had been the overwhelming favourite to replace Roy Hodgson over the last couple of days and the FA finally confirmed the appointment on Friday afternoon.
Allardyce joined the Black Cats last October with club already deep into a relegation scrap but managed to galvanise the team into a great escape with just one game left to play.
Despite pulling off what looked like an impossible task by guiding Sunderland to safety, the club haven't exactly produced the most gracious reaction to losing their manager to the national team.
In fact, the Black Cats media team have produced the bluntest statement possible to confirm Allardyce's departure from the Stadium of Light.
"Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect.
"The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity."
The absence of a good luck message or in fact, any positive comment on Allardyce's exit speaks volumes about the club's opinion on the subject.
Before the news was confirmed, the hierarchy at Sunderland were unhappy with England's approach for their head coach, as the club's pre-season preparations were already well underway.
David Moyes has been the installed as the heavy favourite to replace Allardyce in the Stadium of Light dugout.
The former Manchester United boss has been out of work since being sacked as manager of La Liga side Real Sociedad and - should he be appointed - will become Sunderland's seventh manager in just five years.
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