Sam Allardyce still wants to become England manager
New Sunderland manager applied for England job in 2006 only for Steve McClaren to be given the nod
October 12th, 2015
Sam Allardyce is back in Premier League football after being hired by Sunderland, with the 60-year-old still harbouring ambitions about being the next England manager.
Allardyce has enjoyed a long and largely successive managerial career, having done well with Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United in particular.
Sunderland now hope that Big Sam steers them out of the relegation zone, with the new manager revealing he was overlooked for the England job in 2006 but still hopes to be considered when Roy Hodgson steps down from the role.
Allardyce said: “I should have got it and, as I’m a better manager now than I was then, I believe I should be in the running whenever it comes round again.
“That’s not vanity or being full of my own importance. My track record entitles me to be considered.
“I’m ambitious and I still want the England job, but I have less chance now even though I’m better equipped to do it.”
“David (Beckham) said ‘the next manager needs to have experience to handle Champions League and World Cup games’, but I didn’t agree.
“I got on the front foot and asked David to lunch in Madrid…he could see I was serious and I think I left having convinced him I could do it.
“He said if anybody at the FA asked him about me he wouldn’t have a problem, but he didn’t think he would have a say.”