The FA confirmed Sam Allardyce as the new England manager on Friday, with the former Sunderland boss ‘honoured’ to be appointed.
Following the disappointment of Euro 2016, the search for Roy Hodgson’s successor began immediately after elimination at the hands of Iceland.
After spending weeks scouring the options and assessing the individuals available, the FA have opted for Allardyce, with the 61-year-old bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job.
While it seems a solid appointment in the sense that it’s arguably the best of the bunch available to take the job at this moment in time, many were unsurprisingly left underwhelmed by the decision.
It remains to be seen how his preferred style of play and man-management skills mesh with the England squad, but qualification for the 2018 World Cup will be the minimum short-term target for ‘Big Sam’ and his players.
Regardless, it didn’t stop a few from having some fun on Twitter, while others delivered a more serious verdict on the matter…
@England I’m glad we are now safe from relegation! Great appointment
— Nathan (@WAFCNathan) July 22, 2016
@England class appointment, english simeone
— Moe (@ThePepEra) July 22, 2016
@England SOVIET RUSSIA. WERE COMING FOR YOU
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) July 22, 2016
@England Why would you invest millions into St George’s to take us into the 21st Century and then hire a manager to take us back to the 80’s
— Paul (@Paul_Dunk) July 22, 2016
If anything could emphasise how far English football has fallen it’s the fact that Sam Allardyce is the best manager we have.
— Arsene Wenger 4 PM (@Artekkers) July 22, 2016
England tried the tactical and well traveled in Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson when perhaps simple Sam Allardyce was the solution all along.
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) July 22, 2016
Replacing Hodgson with Allardyce like replacing Marmite with Marmite. Some will like it, some will hate it, but it’s just more of the same..
— Matthew Hall (@mwhall25) July 22, 2016
Allardyce is no better than Hodgson. The @FA are an absolute joke!
— Josh Evans (@jwme1301) July 22, 2016
At long last, The FA have appointed a passionate, authoritative England manager. Sam Allardyce is just what we need ??
— Glen Durrant (@GlenDurrant) July 22, 2016
Allardyce – forward-thinking coach who sticks to a tactical structure. Granted, his sides don’t play great football but let’s not be snooty
— TopTrevor (@TopTrevor) July 22, 2016
I think Allardyce is a great appointment. Can’t see what all the moaning is about, we don’t have any serial English winning managers.
— Michael Hope (@mikehopeUX) July 22, 2016
At least Allardyce won’t be afraid to criticise performances. Still can’t get over Hodgson saying the players were fantastic after the Euros
— Tom Ramsey (@TomRamsey94) July 22, 2016