Sunderland line up David Moyes as FA leave Sam Allardyce in limbo

Allardyce will be crossing his fingers his latest crack at the biggest job in English football does not turn out like his previous attempt in 2006, when he was also interviewed only to lose out to Steve McClaren.

But the interviewing panel made up of FA chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth, while eager to make an appointment by the end of the month, will clearly not be rushed into a decision.

That is sure to frustrate Sunderland after they issued a statement warning the continued speculation over Allardyce’s future was “extremely damaging” to the club.

While they have granted permission for Allardyce to speak to the FA, at their manager’s request, the statement also made plain their desire to hang on to a man who preserved their Premier League status.

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