Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Would Sam Allardyce be a good choice for England?

Should FA appoint Sam Allardyce? / Image via

Should FA appoint Sam Allardyce? / Image via

England are standing at a major crossroads following their yet another international campaign that ended up in utter disappointment.

With Roy Hodgson gone, the FA face an important decision on appointing a right manager that will be an improvement for the 68-year-old tactician, whose good work during the Euro 2016 qualifiers counted for nothing with the Three Lions showing uninspired and toothless displays that were in great deal attributed to Roy Hodgson’s tactical incompetence.

A couple of names have already been singled out as a possible replacement, but Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is currently leading the pack in front of the likes of Eddie Howe, Jurgen Klinsmann, Glenn Hoddle, Guus Hidding and even Arsene Wenger with the odds of 1/1 stacked in his favour to be named the new England manager.

An important questions remains to be answered however – would Sam Allardyce be an improvement to Roy Hodgson?

Match Winner

During his long-lasting service in the world football Sam Allardyce has gained a reputation of a man who gets things done.

A match winner of sort, the 61-year-old manager has a solid Premier League record to support his bid to become England manager.

He managed the total of 437 Premier League matches at Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland and won 148 of them, which makes up for 33.87 success rate.

Allardyce has also become the survival master with a most recent example to support the claim occurring at the end of 2015-16 season. Allardyce took charge of the Black Cats in October and steered them back to safety with Sunderland finishing the season 17th, one place and two points above the relegation line.

Having lost only one of his final Premier League matches in charge, Sam Allardyce has performed a true miracle to keep his club afloat, like he did in numerous occasions before.

Unattractive Solution

England fans are keeping their hopes high when it comes to the new face in the managerial chair.

Roy Hodgson was ultimately branded inapt, incapable and incompetent with the crowd asking for a more attractive solution that will ultimately be able to get England playing visually appealing brand of football while at the same time making noticeable results at the international stage.

Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be a man who will be able to bring those two together, following an eye-catching Copa America Centenario campaign with the US soccer team, but England would prefer a domestic solution to their managerial woes as the general consensus is that foreign manager will not be able to get to the core of English football.

Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann are both to be interviewed this week by the FA, but Sunderland manager benefited from being backed up by Sir Alex Ferguson and remains a hot favourite to get the job.

A second tide speaking in favour of the Black Cats tactician is arguing that European Championship in France was a clear demonstration that football has become nothing but a job, disregarding the appeal and visually romantic aspect of the game.

Sam’s Second Chance

The chances of Allardyce taking over as England manager have been enhanced by the fact that Black Cats manager has already left the club’s training camp in Austria on Monday night.

Sunderland are claiming that it is business as usual, but Allardyce has come into disagreement with the Board as his patience over the lack of transfer activity is wearing thin. England rumours are only adding fuel to fire, but the club remain adamant that Allardyce returned to England to conduct some transfer dealings.

Sam Allardyce’s desire to accept the challenge with England should not come into question as the 61-year-old tactician would finally got the role he was promised ten years ago.

He was interviewed for the job in 2006 following the dismissal of Sven-Goran Eriksson, but he FA opted to go for Steve McClaren instead.

Does Big Sam deserves a chance to prove his worth at the international level?  


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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