After a search that has lasted several weeks, the FA are set to appoint Roy Hodgson’s successor as England manager within the next 24 hours.
Sky Sports are reporting that Sam Allardyce will be given the job by tomorrow at the latest, ending his ten-month association with Sunderland.
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Allardyce met with the FA last week to discuss the job, and although the organisation also spoke to Hull manager Steve Bruce earlier this week, the former Bolton and West Ham boss was always the frontrunner for the role.
USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann was also under consideration for the job, but the recruitment team of David Gill, Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth were suitably impressed with Allardyce’s vision and philosophy that the job is set to become his.
The road to the England job has been a long one for Allardyce. He has managed a number of teams in England’s Premier League but many would argue – including the man himself – that he never received the respect he deserved for the job he has done.
He has always believed himself capable of one of the biggest jobs in international football, and now he will have the chance to test that theory. He made his reputation as something of a relegation to midtable specialist – thought he did qualify for the UEFA Cup with Bolton in 2007 – but this will undoubtedly be a step up from any other job in his managerial career.
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It brings to an end weeks of speculation surrounding the job, made vacant by Hodgson’s resignation in the wake of England’s humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.
Allardyce is with Sunderland in pre-season action tonight in Hartelpool, but that is set to be his final act as manager of the Premier League side.
His first match as England manager will take place in September, though an opponent for that fixture is yet to be confirmed.