Sam Allardyce is apparently set to be confirmed as the new England manager very soon, with The Evening Standard revealing that the Sunderland boss has won the race for the highly coveted position.
The 61-year-old has been the only name that has really heavily been tipped to take the reins, with a number of other names thrown into the hat but not really given a serious chance.
The report reveals that Allardyce was the first candidate to be interviewed for the position, and clearly he was the best suited for it in the eyes of the FA too. The likes of Steve Bruce and Jurggen Klinsmann were also in with a shout, but the fact that Klinsmann wasn’t English went against him, and the FA seemingly preferred Allardyce over Bruce.
A major issue with England teams over the last couple of decades has been their lack of direction; the managers haven’t seemed to know how they wanted their teams to play, with Roy Hodgson’s performance at the Euro 2016 Championships a perfect example.
The former Liverpool boss had no idea what his best eleven was, what his best formation was, or what style he wanted his team to play. This was painfully obvious as the team just seemed to muddle around the pitch playing as individuals rather than a team, and it’s something that needs to change.
The FA apparently see Allardyce as the perfect man for the job, as he is able to get all his teams playing a very particular brand of football, based around a “high work-rate and defensive resilience”.
After being announced Allardyce will take charge of his first England game in September, although his opposition is yet to be decided.