Tuesday 12 December 2017

FA talk to Klinsmann but Allardyce favourite

Sam Allardyce remains the front-runner to get the England job. Picture Credit: Getty Images
Sam Allardyce remains the front-runner to get the England job. Picture Credit: Getty Images

Ian Herbert

The English Football Association will interview Jurgen Klinsmann for the England manager's job and are seriously considering him as a successor to Roy Hodgson, though the Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce remains the front-runner to get the position he was denied ten years ago.

With the governing body being accused by Sunderland yesterday of 'damaging' their pre-season preparations and urged to "bring about a swift resolution to this matter," it is thought Klinsmann may be interviewed in the next 48 hours. But there was a growing sense that Allardyce is the FA's man, with his employers already placing Burnley's Sean Dyche on their contingency list of possible successors.

Klinsmann brings substantial experience of handling superstar bracket players like those within the England ranks, having presided over a German national side that played expansive football to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup. He was sacked after a season at Bayern Munich as results were not good enough but been at the helm of the United States national side since 2011.

But Allardyce's more collaborative approach to management is thought to be a factor which weighs in his favour and the idea of a potential future successor, such as Gareth Southgate or Gary Neville, working as his assistant will certainly strengthen his standing. Klinsmann would potentially bring a very different approach and has a record of clearing out staff in new jobs.

Allardyce, 61, has long coveted the national job and was disappointed when he lost out in a two-way contest with Steve McClaren a decade ago. He made his interest transparently clear by returning on Tuesday from Sunderland's pre-season training camp in Austria and being available for interview at the home of FA board member David Gill. Sunderland confirmed that the FA had asked their permission to approach him.

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