Sam Allardyce England deal almost done

Sam Allardyce’s imminent appointment as England manager was discussed at last night’s Football Association board meeting, leaving only final negotiations between the 61-year-old and his dream job.

The FA’s three-man selection panel, consisting chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth, presented the findings of their three-week search to the rest of the board at Wembley and explained why Sunderland boss Allardyce had been selected as Roy Hodgson’s successor.

Steve Bruce, who was interviewed earlier this week, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann are the other names to have been seriously considered by the trio, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave no indication he would be willing to accept the role.

All that now stands between Allardyce and the role he first pitched for a decade ago, when he lost out to Steve McClaren, is the completion of personal terms and a compensation package for the Black Cats.

Allardyce is unlikely to bring any of his Sunderland backroom team with him, having accepted a series of club appointees when he arrived last season.

That removes one possible stumbling block, while some of his favoured deputies such as Neil McDonald and Mark Taylor are available.

So too is Teddy Sheringham, who worked as attacking coach under Allardyce at West Ham and would fit the FA’s desire to have a distinguished former international in the set-up.

The meeting represented Greg Dyke’s final day as FA chairman after three years and, although he was not involved in the headhunting process, he indicated there would be unanimous support for Allarydce once his nomination was confirmed.

He said: “Clearly the three-man group are convinced he’s the right man and I go along with that, yes.

“We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at all the candidates, come back with a recommendation who they thought was the best man. They’ve taken that decision and obviously we’ll agree with them.”


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