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Monday 19 March 2018

Commitment to future sees Allardyce get nod


Ian Herbert

The English Football Association will appoint Sam Allardyce as the next manager today, after a hugely impressive interview in which he committed himself to the development of future talent at all age levels and offered to work with a young English coach who could be his successor.

Allardyce has been the favoured candidate all along and his recruitment as Roy Hodgson's successor is expected to be rubberstamped at a full board meeting of the governing body today. The FA had been willing to pay £4m a year to their new manager but with Allardyce commanding £2m a year at Sunderland, the cost will be considerably less than that.

Allardyce has easily seen off competition from Jurgen Klinsmann, the United States manager, and Hull City's Steve Bruce, and is thought to have struck a chord by telling the FA that England are not lacking top quality talent, which simply needs to be managed better.

It was thought that the FA was some distance away from putting a contract in front of Allardyce, who was at Hartlepool United's ground last night for a pre-season friendly with his Sunderland side. Allardyce was hugely disappointed to be overlooked for the position ten years ago and feels the time is right to step away from the relentless demands of Premier League football and take up the international role.

The FA have felt the need to move quickly to confirm Allardyce's appointment, with Sunderland declaring publicly that the uncertainty created by the search for a successor has affected their attempts to prepare for the new Premier League season.

Sunderland have put David Moyes at the top of their possible list to replace Allardyce

Allardyce - who started his managerial career with Limerick - has shown a positive outlook on the work which has been undertaken to create the FA's St George's Park set-up.

Roy Hodgson did not relocate to the Staffordshire base as a place of work and there has been no suggestion that his successor would, but Allardyce has always taken a dim view of the suggestion that it has been dumped somewhere inaccessible. In his autobiography, he said that the governing body could have built a new national stadium next to Birmingham's NEC, on St George's Park's doorstep, and saved themselves a fortune at the same time.

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