Big Sam gets big job to haul England up
SAM Allardyce was set to be hired as the new England manager at a Football Association board meeting at Wembley yesterday, its chairman Greg Dyke said.
Allardyce has been selected by a three-man panel who decided the Sunderland boss was the best bet on a short-list that also included Hull manager Steve Bruce, Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe and USA coach
It has been reported that the FA's first choice was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
When he snubbed the approach, Allardyce, who had received a strong recommendation from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, shot to the top of the list of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson.
Dyke was due to step down after three years as FA chairman yesterday. Though he was not involved in the head-hunting process, he would be present as FA chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill presented their reasons for nominating Allardyce.
Asked if Allardyce was the man to take over from Hodgson, who quit after England's humiliating Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland, Dyke told Sky Sports News: "Clearly, the three-man group are convinced he's the right man and I go along with that, yes."
Once that is ratified, the business of finalising the details will take precedence - with personal terms still to be settled and a compensation package for Sunderland among the outstanding issues.
All parties would prefer for a swift resolution, with the new Premier League season on the horizon and England's World Cup qualifying campaign beginning on Sept 4.
It is possible an official announcement on Allardyce's appointment could be held up by negotiations.
The Black Cats have already made their unhappiness clear and could hold out for a size-able pay-off.
Allardyce took charge of Sunderland for what should be the final time during a 3-0 friendly win over Hartlepool on Wednesday.
He did not re-emerge for the second half as news of his impending appointment broke.
It is thought that Big Sam will be offered a two-year deal up to the end of the 2018 World Cup campaign.
But Glenn is hoping for a longer partnership and intends to integrate Allardyce into the wider FA system.AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE