Saturday 22 October 2016

Quinn backs Allardyce to succeed with England

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn believes that Sam Allardyce will rejuvenate England as they bid to move on from Roy Hodgson's disastrous tenure.

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The newly appointed England manager impressed Quinn during his season in charge of the Black Cats.

Quinn, who spent seven years as a player at the Stadium of the Light as well as stints as both manager and chairman, expects Allardyce to cope well with the inevitable pressure that comes with the job.

As well as his renowned player management skills, Quinn reckons that Allardyce will not make the same kind of mistakes that Hodgson made.

"I think he's done enough now to warrant the maximum respect from even the top players," Quinn said.

"They've got to buy into his methods as well. I think what was obviously missing in this tournament (Euros), Sam has and can put together, in terms of playing without fear, playing as a group and making people feel better about themselves.

"There are certain things that won't be as obvious in his make-up that he can progress with. One being the fitness of players.


"He's done it at every club. They run more, they have better energy levels. That is going to be hard to do when you only get them for a few days at a time.

"His confidence in his own ability will beat off that pressure that England managers seem to come under.

"Anybody who is getting it from 50,000 Newcastle fans and can stand there in the middle of it all smiling. . . he's fought his battles to get to where he is. I cannot see that pressure getting to him.

"I can't see Wayne Rooney getting the ball off the back four for England under Sam. Wayne is going to be putting it in the net. (Harry) Kane is going to be putting it in the net."

As for David Moyes, who will replace 'Big Sam' at Sunderland, Quinn is adamant that he is a perfect fit for the club.

"What I like about that appointment is that David will have a hunger to remind people how good a manager he has been in the past," said Quinn.

"His time at Everton and the way that blossomed, so much so that he got the Manchester United job, one of the biggest jobs in the world . . . He's at a club that I suppose can feel it can offer him enough to maybe go on some kind of journey like that.

"He's signed for four years which is a long contract nowadays in football and I think that is a good thing.

"Things were low but I think that people will tell you the day that David Moyes was appointed, everyone felt better: 'Yeah okay, we couldn't keep Sam but this guy is perhaps the best replacement'."

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