Friday evening saw England unveil the successor to Roy Hodgson. Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, a man who has been interviewed for the job on previous occasions, finally received the prestigious accolade and will take charge of the national side.
Just prior to the official announcement, new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave his support to the new England manager, claiming that the former West Ham United man can emulate his countries Euro 2016 success:
According to Sky Sports, the 'Special One' said with regards to Allardyce:
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"I hope you can do the same because it's your time. In Portugal we were waiting and waiting and finally we got it [at Euro 2016]. I think it is time for you because '66 was a long time ago, so good luck Big Sam."
Many could be forgiven for asking is this the same man as in 2014. One of Mourinho's famous outbursts came at the beginning of that year and was directed firmly at Allardyce during his tenure with West Ham.
According to the Guardian, the Portuguese coach claimed that his opponents had played 'football from the 19th century' in light of a very frustrating draw:
"I cannot be too critical because, if I was in this position, I don't know if I would do the same. But at the same time this is not Premier League. This is not the best league in the world. This is football from the 19th century," Mourinho said.
"Pretending injuries; cheating... I don't know if that's the right word;the goalkeeper taking time not after minute 70 but in the first minute;10 defenders in the box, defenders not putting a foot outside the box. All very basic. But I'm nobody to criticise. They are happy. They get a point. I hope the point means something for them at the end of the season."
These past remarks are something which have regularly become synonymous with Allardyce's management style.
His pragmatism and commitment to an 'English style' seem odd in a footballing world dominated by aesthetically pleasing European set ups. Pep Guardiola, a fresh Premier League face for the upcoming season, one of the prime instigators.
However, many, like Mourinho, have changed their tune in light of Allardyce's appointment, and in a world where England have failed miserably at adapting their style to suit the world, the former Bolton Wanderers man could be the right hire.
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