Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has emerged as the frontrunner for the England job after Sunderland confirmed their manager has been granted permission to meet with the FA.
Sam Allardyce had an interview to be the next manager of England on Tuesday having discussed his ambition with FA’s bosses. The Daily Mail picture shown here shows Big Sam leaving the first formal interview to replace Roy Hodgson.
Allardyce flew back from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria, a move seen by the FA’s senior figures as a significant gesture. It was claimed he was on club duty in England to discuss transfer targets, but on Wednesday the club confirmed that they had given permission, at Allardyce’s request, for him to talk to the FA.
Sunderland released a statement saying “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager, at Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.”
‘Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
‘The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.’