Allardyce the new England manager

Sam Allardyce has been officially appointed England manager.
Sam Allardyce has been officially appointed England manager. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Sam Allardyce has been officially appointed England manager, the Football Association (FA) has confirmed.

Lengthy negotiations with Sunderland regarding compensation for Allardyce finally reached a successful conclusion yesterday afternoon.

The FA said in a tweet: "It's official. We are delighted to announce that Sam Allardyce is the new manager of the #ThreeLions!"

Allardyce, the long-term favourite for the post made vacant following Roy Hodgson's departure at the end of England's hugely disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, has signed a two-year contract.

Allardyce is England's fourth manager in the past 10 years and has secured a job he has openly coveted for the same period of time on the back of a record of having never been relegated.

He has taken charge of nine clubs in his 25-year managerial career.

He took charge of his most recent, Sunderland, last October and kept the north-east club in the Premier League despite them being 19th and winless after their opening eight games of the 2015-16 season.

Paul Clement is also being lined up for a part-time role with England in line with the FA's determination to promote home-grown coaches.

Allardyce is understood to have given his blessing for an approach to be made to Clement, who will be asked if he is interested in joining the new coaching team during international breaks while continuing in his job as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.

Clement will not be offered the position of Allardyce's assistant or No. 2 and may be only an occasional member of the new set-up, but the FA believes that he has much to offer.

In addition to coaching, he may also be asked to undertake some scouting duties during the season, as long as they do not conflict with his duties at Bayern. Clement has yet to hear from anyone at the FA, but it is believed he would welcome an approach.

The 44-year-old former PE teacher rejoined Ancelotti at Bayern earlier this summer, having worked successfully with the Italian at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

He was given his first chance as a manager by Derby County but was sacked in February after only six months in charge.

Meanwhile, Hull City manager Steve Bruce has resigned three weeks before the new Premier League season and days after being interviewed for the England job, the BBC reported yesterday.

Bruce guided Hull back to the Premier League from the Championship last season.

The BBC reported that Bruce, 55, had wanted assurances about his role with Hull, who put takeover talks on hold until September.

The club are suffering an injury crisis with only 13 fit players available before their league campaign begins with a home game against champions Leicester City on Aug 13.

Bruce has been at Hull for four years, steering them into the Premier League in 2013, before spending two seasons in the top flight and dropping back into the Championship.

The former Manchester United defender has managed Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2016, with the headline 'Allardyce the new England manager'. Print Edition | Subscribe