After his appointment as the newest manager for The Three Lions, July 22, Sam Allardyce promises to make England a proud country once again.
Image: Sam Allardyce
The Football Association reached an agreement with Sunderland FC [the team he was managing prior to the job offer] to pay over £3 million in compensation so as to appoint the Englishman as England’s new manager.
Telegraph confirms, a crucial 24-hour negotiations was successfully held between the FA and Sunderland to secure his services as a successor to Roy Hodgson. The coach was appointed manager of the club in 2015, and he miraculously saved them from relegation.
Allardyce [a former Bolton Wanderers defender] was unanimously crowned manager of the England national team after Arsenal manager–Arsene Wenger–who was the first choice, lost interest in leading the squad.
Sunderland demanded more than the remaining £2m on Allardyce’s contract as added compensation for the disruption to their pre-season preparations and sources confirmed the Wearsiders managed to pocket upwards of £3m, Telegraph cited.
Though England lost out to a “low-classed” Iceland in the Euro 2016 Round of 16, The Three Lions are expected to start a new history-making phase under the tactician.
“I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager, especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted,” said Allardyce.
“For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football. I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.
“While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.
“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”
Sam Allardyce was chosen by a three-man panel of technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and acting chairman David Gill.
Image: Sam Allardyce
He has been tasked with restoring the country’s lost pride, by delivering at major tournaments starting from the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The 61-year-old signed a two-year contract with an option for another two years if targets are met. He will be announcing his first England squad, selected to play a friendly match at Wembley come September 1.
England’s first World Cup qualifier against Slovakia follows three days after the friendly game.