Breaking! Sam Allardyce Named England New Manager


Sam Allardyce has been named as  England new manager.

The 61-year-old signed an initial two-year deal after compensation was agreed with Sunderland, whom he steered to Premier League safety last season.

He succeeds Roy Hodgson, who quit after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by Iceland.

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Allardyce, who left Sunderland after nine months, having helped them avoid relegation last season, said he was “honoured” and would do everything to help England do well.

“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.”

Sam Allardyce

His first game in charge will be a friendly at Wembley on 1 September against as yet unnamed opponents, while his first competitive match will be in Slovakia on 4 September as England begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

The Black Cats are now looking for their ninth manager in eight years.

A statement from the club read:

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

Allardyce, a former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss, becomes the 14th permanent England manager. He has never won a major trophy but did win promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and Newcastle.

As the appointment was approved by the Football Association board, Allardyce was also endorsed by his fellow managers, including Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson and ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

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Mourinho said Sam Allardyce was “more than ready” to lead the national side, while Redknapp said he would bring “a Premier League style and pace” to the national side.