Three reasons why Sam Allardyce is the right man for England

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Sam Allardyce is the new England manager.

The former Sunderland boss has left his role at the Stadium of Light and is now taking over from Roy Hodgson following the disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

Hodgson stepped down after England lost 2-1 to Iceland, and after weeks of speculation, it was announced that Allardyce would be the man to take over.


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The announcement was met with a mixed reception, with some fans happy, and some fans disgruntled.

However, here are three reasons why Big Sam is the right choice for England.

Style of Play

Ever since his days at Bolton Wanderers, Allardyce has been labelled as a manager who can only play one brand of football, the long ball. Whilst Bolton did have success utilising the hold up play of Kevin Davies, he has adapted his style of play at most clubs he has been at.

Last season, Sunderland were odds on favourites to be relegated at the point of Allardyce's arrival, but after he worked some transfer window magic, they went on to lose just one of their last eleven games. This was mainly down to the form which he managed to get out of Jermaine Defoe, who is no means a comparable lone striker to Kevin Davies. 

Sunderland played good football under Allardyce, where he managed to utilise two very attacking wing-backs to very good effect and cause the opposition real problems.

The second half of the season, Patrick van Aanholt looked a completely different player, managing to get on the score sheet a couple of times in the crucial run in. On the other side, DeAndre Yedlin really grew into the mould of a Premier League full-back, constantly on the overlap to put quality, positional crosses in for Defoe.

Defoe himself showed the best he had in a long time and almost got himself back into the England fold, all of which indicates that Allardyce's man management skills are not in question. 

When looking at West Ham United last season, it is easy to lump the praise on Slaven Bilic for the fantastic season they had, but Allardyce was set the task of turning West Ham back into a mid-table team, which he managed to do, setting the foundations for Bilic to take the Hammers to the next level.

It remains to be seen whether he could have done this himself given the opportunity with the profile of players they went onto to sign. Allardyce was able to utilise various different play styles at West Ham. Andy Carroll gave them the presence which he likes in a striker, although his injury track record meant he had to adapt and play with less direct strikers such as Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

Throughout his managerial career, he has shown a variety of tactics throughout many different teams, which means he can go into a club and select the right system for the players which are available. This could prove crucial at England, as previous managers have all failed to get the most out of what is undeniably a very talented squad. 

Realistic Options

There has been a lot of talk that England needed a young manager who played an exciting brand of football, but when you actually look into managers available, it's apparent that there is not exactly an abundance of suitable candidates.

Eddie Howe's name had been consistently thrown around since the departure of Roy Hodgson, but when this option is looked at realistically, would a young manager who has only had one season in the Premier League be willing to give that up to work in international football?

Although the England job is a very high profile position, the fact that club football continues to be seen as priority for players and fans is always going to mean that the world's best managers will remain within club football.

The likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp have all recently taken new positions and have never shown any real indication that they wish to go down the international football route.

So with the seeming lack of a young manager who can play attractive football, Allardyce was the natural candidate. The only alternative option which the FA made contact with was Steve Bruce, and although he would be honoured to take the role and leave Hull City, who find themselves in an injury crisis with only 14 fit players prior to the start of the season, it is Allardyce who has the more impressive CV and greater claims to the role.


When looking back through the previous managers, it is fair to say that we have not had a manager who had a true passion for the England position since Glenn Hoddle.

Roy Hodgson was the highest paid manager at Euro 2016, but after the failure in the round of 16 game against Iceland, and his immediate resignation, he had the audacity to complain about having to attend a press conference the following day and give no insight into the failure surrounding the team. 

Fabio Capello has the best win percentage of any England manager at 66.7%, but he never really built a rapport with the fans. Despite taking a very talented squad to the 2010 World Cup, the football played was slow and monotonous and rarely looked threatening, particularly in the 0-0 draw with Algeria. 

Sven-Goran Eriksson seemed to be happier making the front page of tabloid newspapers for none football related incidents than achieving what the nation wanted of winning a major tournament, with what will go down as England's wasted golden generation.

The bravery to stand up in the dressing room and drop one of your world class players simply wasn't there, and England were constantly unbalanced with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Paul Scholes in the same team.

The previous managers have all seemed happy to be yes men for the FA, whereas Allardyce has always stuck to his own principles. When he was manager at Bolton, he was consistently achieving more than was expected, but ended up taking the decision to leave when Phil Gartside would not give him the money to try and achieve a Champions League finish. He walked away from a comfortable job because of his desire to succeed.

To get England to the level which the FA and fans expect, is going to take a manager who can stand up to making the hard decisions for the good of the England team. It is no secret that Allardyce has always wanted the England job and his pride and passion will be on display on the touchline of every game which he manages.

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