SAM ALLARDYCE will be England’s new manager after the Football Association picked him as the man to lead the national team out of the doldrums.
Allardyce will be officially offered the job on Thursday after the FA’s board meets to ratify the choice of the three-man selection panel charged with finding Roy Hodgson’s successor.
The FA is to make an official approach to Sunderland for permission to begin negotiations with Allardyce, who is set to be given a two-year contract through to the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Allardyce was interviewed last week and convinced the trio of FA CEO Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and vice-chairman David Gill he can build a strong identity for England and banish the self-doubt that destroyed the team at Euro 2016.
A compensation package has still to be agreed with Sunderland – who are set to pursue David Moyes as Allardyce’s replacement.
Personal terms also have to be struck with Allardyce, who was all smiles as he took charge of Sunderland for probably the last time at last night’s friendly against Hartlepool.
His coronation now appears a formality 10-years after he was overlooked for the role with the FA preferring Steve McClaren.
Allardyce, 61, massaged away misgivings over his style of play which has often perceived to be dull and unimaginative and his trailblazing belief in marginal gains also curried favor with the FA who identified England’s ongoing “brittleness” as a major symptom in a decade of under-achievement.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce was also considered for the position – along with USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe – and last night Bruce’s son, Alex, confirmed Allardyce’s ascension.
He tweeted: “Delighted for Sam & his family…..Im sure if Dad was going to lose out to anyone he’d be happy it was Sam” The FA had always wanted to appoint a permanent successor to Hodgson, who resigned after the catastrophic 2-1 defeat to minnows Iceland in the last 16 at Euro 2016.
Allardyce’s backroom staff will now be put together and it is likely an ex-international, someone like Rio Ferdinand, will be invited to join the set up in the same way that Gary Neville was.
England are due to play a friendly on September 1, with the Czech Republic having been mooted as a possible opponent, before their opening World Cup qualifier with Slovakia three days later.