Big Sam England talk heats up

30 Jun

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been backed to take charge of England by former Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Sunderland: Big Sam England talk heats upSunderland: Big Sam England talk heats up

Allardyce, 61, had been a contender to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England boss after the 2006 World Cup during his time as Bolton manager but he was ultimately overlooked, with Steve McClaren tasked with taking charge of the national side.

England are again on the hunt for a new boss following their Euro 2016 last-16 elimination at the hands of Iceland after Roy Hodgson, who was due to fall out of contract this summer, handed in his resignation.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has already stated he feels Allardyce would be an ideal candidate to take charge of England and now Bernstein, who was FA chairman when Hodgson was appointed, has offered the former West Ham and Newcastle manager his backing.

Bernstein remains unsure if the Three Lions will decide to appoint an Englishman but feels if the FA decide to go down that route there would be no better man to step in to the void left by Hodgson than the current Sunderland chief.

“I’m not saying we should have an English manager. But, of the English managers, I actually would go for Sam Allardyce,” he said.

“He’s a very powerful character. I think he’s got the personality, the strength, he’s a good technical manager, he’s very experienced and he’s someone who perhaps could imbue confidence.

“Because, clearly among other things, there’s a psychological problem with our players, where they seem to get to a stage with international football where they just can’t cope, and that’s manifest time and time again, year after year, in individual errors which you just wouldn’t expect from players.

“You had Steven Gerrard’s error at the World Cup last time which cost us, you’ve got goalkeeping errors. A general psychological malaise seems to overcome them. They seem to freeze.”


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