“That was underlined when we sat down to talk. We could not help but be energised by his personal perspective on England’s future. Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.”
Allardyce’s reputation as a forward-thinker unafraid to try out new ideas on and off the pitch was key to his appointment.
In a statement, the FA it clear what his objectives are: “Alongside his primary target of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Allardyce has a mandate to shape a strong, purposeful team and maximise the performance of a young, talented England squad at a tournament.”
Allardyce began his management career at League of Ireland Limerick and then managed Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, and West Ham before taking charge at Sunderland, where in nine months he saved them from relegation.
Sunderland have lined up David Moyes to replace Allardyce, with the new Premier League season starting three weeks today.