Allardyce will never be popular but everywhere he has been, he has been a success. English football is woefully short of that at the moment.
Even those who have worked closely with Jurgen Klinsmann, the popularist choice for the England role, consider him flaky. He could be brilliant, but he will be a risk, a senior figure in the game has already advised Martin Glenn. By contrast, even Ferguson himself is a fan.
Another recent Premier League manager put Allardyce ahead of Arsene Wenger, even, because he always has a plan B. And boy did England need that at Euro 2016.