Sam Allardyce has been installed as the odds-on favourite to be appointed England manager after meeting with FA vice-chairman David Gill.
Sunderland manager Allardyce returned from the club’s training camp in Austria earlier this week, with the official line that he was to conduct transfer business back in England.
But reports have now emerged that the 61-year-old instead held talks with FA vice-chairman Gill, who is one of three men charged with appointing Roy Hodgson’s successor as national team manager.
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FA technical boss Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn are the other two men who will be influential in installing the next England boss, and were present at the meeting at Gill’s home.
Allardyce ‘discussed his ambition’ with the trio, according to the Daily Mail, who add that former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ‘has recommended Allardyce to his former colleague’ Gill, who he worked with at Old Trafford.
‘There does appear to be some opposition on the FA board to Allardyce, 61,’ writes Matt Lawton, ‘but Gill is by far the most influential member of that board and the fact that the meeting was at his home is significant.
‘Eddie Howe is still a leading contender but there is a feeling he lacks experience. Allardyce, who left West Ham last summer, certainly has plenty of that.’
It’s time to embrace the Big Sam as England manager. Except…
Not looking forward to getting into the mind of Sam Allardyce for the next World Cup ladder.
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