FA to name Sam Allardyce as England manager in next 24 hours

first_imgSam Allardyce will be named the new England manager in the next 24 hours, outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed.A three-man panel comprising chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth decided on Allardyce after an interview with the Sunderland boss last week.The appointment will be ratified at an FA board meeting on Thursday before an an official announcement is madeAsked if Allardyce was the man for the job Dyke told Sky Sports News: “Clearly the three-man group are convinced he’s the right man and I go along with that, yes.“We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at all the candidates, come back with a recommendation who they thought was the best man. They’ve taken that decision and obviously we’ll agree with them.“I think you’d have to ask them but as far as I understand it that’s the discussion.”Allardyce will leave Sunderland just three weeks before the start of the new Premier League season, leaving the Black Cats unhappy with the FA’s handling of the situation.In a statement released minutes after their 3-0 friendly victory at Hartlepool on Wednesday night, the club said: “Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.“We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.”Allardyce arrived at Victoria Park on the team coach shortly after 6pm on Wednesday and, after signing autographs, watched the first half from the dugout.With his side 3-0 up through Jermain Defoe’s double either side of a Wahbi Khazri strike, he changed the entire XI at the break, but did not return to the bench and is understood to have left the stadium at around 9pm.His appointment as England boss will end a long wait for the former Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham manager’s dream job with Steve McClaren having beaten him to it a decade ago. 1 Sam Allardyce last_img