Football: Allardyce, FA held up by boss of Black Cats

Sam Allardyce taking charge of Sunderland for the 3-0 pre-season win at Hartlepool United. He is on the verge of becoming Roy Hodgson's successor in the England hot seat.
Sam Allardyce taking charge of Sunderland for the 3-0 pre-season win at Hartlepool United. He is on the verge of becoming Roy Hodgson's successor in the England hot seat.PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

Moyes lined up, Sunderland's Short moves to extract compensation for disruption suffered

LONDON • Sam Allardyce's appointment as England's manager is expected to be delayed until today to allow Sunderland and the Football Association (FA) time to finish haggling over the compensation.

Roy Hodgson's successor is then likely to be presented to the media at some point next week.

With David Moyes set to be swiftly installed as Allardyce's successor at the Stadium of Light, negotiations are not regarded as a major problem. Instead, they reflect Sunderland owner Ellis Short's anger and frustration at the manner in which he perceives the FA has poached his manager.

Considering Allardyce had only a year outstanding on a club contract worth around £2 million (S$3.58 million) a year, the deal appears straightforward.

 

It has, though, been slowed slightly by Sunderland's desire to gain a little more than £2 million by way of recompense for the disruption caused to their transfer plans and pre-season preparations.

  • What they say about Big Sam

  • Kevin Davies
    Former Bolton striker

    People say Sam hasn't managed at the very top level but he is very good at what he does. His players will play for him, work hard for him, and he won't stand for any nonsense. That is the type I think they need.

    Jose Mourinho
    Manchester United manager

    Sam never had the big chance at the highest level - lots of experiences in the Premier League but never that big one and, now, he has the big one. I think he's more than ready. He's a good motivator, he can create a good team spirit with his players.

    Jermain Defoe
    Sunderland striker

    Sometimes you can't make it pretty and play good football. Football is about results. It doesn't matter how you play. One hundred per cent (Allardyce is good enough for England). If you look at the players we've got, especially with the younger players with their legs and the energy. One hundred per cent.

    Sven-Goran Eriksson
    Former England manager

    He's done good jobs wherever he went. If you take a team from the lower part of the table, you have to adapt. He will have a very organised team, so why not?

Short was particularly irritated by the near two-week hiatus which followed his manager's interview for the England job that immediately plunged the Black Cats into a potentially harmful limbo.

It had appeared that Allardyce's final act as Sunderland manager would be his departure after half-time from Wednesday's 3-0 friendly win at Hartlepool.

But, instead, the 61-year-old was back at the training ground putting Jermain Defoe and company through their paces yesterday morning.

Although he is still barred from speaking to reporters until matters are concluded, Allardyce slowed his car sufficiently to offer waiting television crews a thumbs-up.

A few hours' drive away, a meeting of the FA board at Wembley yesterday morning rubber-stamped a decision made by Martin Glenn, the FA's chief executive, Dan Ashworth, the technical director, and David Gill, the vice-chairman, before moving on to other business which occupied them for the remainder of the day.

Allardyce - who has agreed a two-year contract worth around £3.5 million per annum with an option to extend that deal for a further two years - informed his Sunderland players that he was the new England manager during the half-time interval at Hartlepool.

Following the jubilation of May's narrow escape from relegation, he had become frustrated in recent weeks, particularly after Short informed him that this summer's transfer budget would be around 50 per cent less than Allardyce had hope for.

Now Moyes - the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager whom Sunderland's owner has twice courted in the past - will have to try to persuade Short to speculate to accumulate.

Under the guidance of a new chief executive in Martin Bain, Sunderland have still to make a signing this summer, although a deal for Aston Villa's Micah Richards is believed to have been agreed in principle.

THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'Allardyce, FA held up by boss of black cats'. Print Edition | Subscribe