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(Photo) Big Sam Allardyce holds England talks as Sunderland complain about “damaging” speculation

Sunderland boss Big Sam Allardyce has been pictured leaving an England job interview and the 61-year-old is now the frontrunner to replace Roy Hodgson, according to the Daily Mail.

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Meanwhile, Allardyce’s club have commented on the matter, urging the Football Association to act swiftly.

Sunderland’s statement, which you can read in full below, seems to have been written in a pretty annoyed tone.

It expresses frustration that Big Sam’s talks with the FA have become public knowledge.

The statement read: “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.

“At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.

“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.

“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”

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