“He’s a dedicated professional and he’s been very good in terms of the frustration he’s had”
Wearside only had eyes for Allardyce after Wednesday’s 3-0 home win over Everton clinched Premier League safety – and relegated bitter rivals Newcastle, along with Norwich.
But with Roy Hodgson’s future as England boss uncertain until after Euro 2016, Allardyce, 61, says the FA will be looking for a “sexier’’ successor than him if they wield the axe.
Steve McClaren beat him to the England job in 2006 and he said: “Aye, that’s gone. For me to be interested in the England job Roy would probably have to leave at the end of the Euros – and would England be interested in me?
“They say they want an Englishman but will they do it? You’ve got this, ‘What’s sexier?’ element now rather than how good you are at the job.”