Saturday 24 February 2018

Sunderland fail to thank Sam Allardyce in statement as new England manager ignores club

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce has been named England manager after agreeing a two-year deal with the Football Association, but any bad blood left lingering between the governing body and Sunderland over their approach is clear for all to see in the Premier League club’s statement.

Sunderland issued a short statement at the same time as the FA, in which they failed to thank Allardyce for his efforts at the club or for keeping them in the Premier League last season after replacing Dick Advocaat.

“Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect,” the statement read.

“The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.”

The statement lasted exactly 49 words.

Sunderland are now expected to press on with their attempt to bring former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes into the club, just three weeks before the start of the new Premier League season. Moyes has not had a job in football since he was sacked by Real Sociedad in November 2015 after a one-year reign, which came off the back of his disappointing 10-month spell with United.

Allardyce also failed to mention Sunderland in his statement, and it’s a fair analysis to assume that the relationship between the three parties has not ended on good terms.

Speaking as part of the FA’s statement, Allardyce said: "I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

"I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

"While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

"I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver."

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