Sam Allardyce interviewed for the England manager’s job
Allardyce receives glowing endorsement from Sir Alex Ferguson, with Sunderland manager getting FA interview
July 11th, 2016
Sam Allardyce has been here before. Ten years ago, the England manager’s position became available, with the-then Bolton boss getting interviewed by the FA only to be overlooked in favour of Steve McClaren.
On that occasion, Allardyce was scornful of the FA’s outdated approach to recruitment, writing: “I wanted to do a real knock-your-socks-off interview for the FA, so I put together a PowerPoint which looked at every single detail.
“There was nothing missing. Nobody but nobody was going to beat it. But then Brian Barwick, the chief executive, told me there were no PowerPoint facilities at the interview venue, so I had to print off hard copies for the panel. So much for the progressive FA.”
Perhaps facilities have now been updated, with Allardyce once again set for an interview as the FA now search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson.
It also appears that Jurgen Klinsmann will be interviewed for a role which has been a poisoned chalice for so many men, with Graham Taylor, Sven-Goran Ericsson and Roy Hodgson just some of the managers who have ultimately failed in the role.
Sir Alex Ferguson certainly feels as though his friend has the right credentials for the role.
“The problem is there was an expectation England would do well and because they didn’t, it’s all a bit flat,” Ferguson told Sky. “So they need to work out what the plan B is.
“It’s very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam’s experience, he is the obvious choice. But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it’s Sam, fine. But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.
“Thank goodness I’m not making the choice because it’s a difficult one but Sam’s the best English candidate because he’s in the Premier League.”