The FA have finally announced that Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been appointed the new England manager on a two-year deal.
It has been the worst kept secret in football all week that Allardyce was the FA’s first choice to succeed Roy Hodgson and it was only a question of sorting out a compensation package that was acceptable to the Black Cats, who were none too happy with the way the whole saga was handled.
An agreement was finally thrashed out on Friday afternoon and the FA made their announcement, with Allardyce saying: “I am honoured and proud and looking forward to managing my country.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland added on the departure of Allardyce: “Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect.
“The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.”