After weeks of speculation, 61-year-old Sam Allardyce has been appointed as manager of England and successor to Roy Hodgson.
Allardyce has been favourite to manage England for a number of weeks after a dismal Euro 2016 and today was the day the FA managed to grab their man.
Sunderland played hard ball with Allardyce over a compensation package and rightly so. The experienced Premier League boss managed his last game in charge of the Black Cats on Wednesday evening, away to Hartlepool United where his side won 3-0.
The correct man for the job
Allardyce has consistently proved his worth as manager at domestic level throughout his career, but has still come under criticism and has been labelled as a boring manager.
The FA have been clear in what they want from the new England manager and Allardyce fits that bill. His experience of the game and his no-nonsense ethos makes him the perfect manager for the job.
In his statement, the new England manager said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.”
He also acknowledged the importance of the nations fans and said he will do his up-most to achieve success.
Replacement needed fast
Sunderland will need to get their replacement manager in as quick as possible and David Moyes is reportedly close to being that man. The former Everton and Manchester United boss will be welcomed on Wearside by fans and looks to be a good fit to replace Allardyce.
Moyes in charge of Manchester United. (Image source: Sky Sports)
Black Cats aren’t happy
The FA have handled this situation with no great consideration for Sunderland or their fans. Not only has the situation been dragged out for three weeks, but FA chief executive Martin Glenn has consistently kept his cards close to his chest in interviews, leaving Sunderland in limbo with just three weeks to the start of the new season.
Thankfully, Sunderland held out for compensation and released a statement which did not thank Allardyce and did not mention the FA.
Sunderland will play Rotherham tomorrow afternoon in their second pre-season game.