Mourinho appraud appointment of Sam allardyce as England manager

The Football Association (FA), the English football
governing body, on Friday named Sunderland AFC
manager Sam Allardyce as the new England
manager, handing him an initial two-year contract.
The 61-year-old signed an initial two-year deal after
compensation was agreed with Sunderland, whom
he steered to Premier League safety last season.
He succeeds Roy Hodgson, who quit after England
were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by
Allardyce, whose first game in charge will be a
friendly at Wembley on Sept. 1 against as yet
unnamed opponents, said he was “honoured’’ to be
given the job.
“It is no secret that this is the role I have always
wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in
English football.
“I will do everything I can to help England do well
and give our nation the success our fans deserve.
Above all, we have to make the people and the
whole country proud,’’ he added.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn, while speaking on
the development, said: “His excellent managerial
credentials, including his ability to realise the
potential of players and teams, develop a strong
team ethos and embrace modern methods that
enhance performance, made him the outstanding
“We could not help but be energised by his
personal perspective on England’s future.’’
A statement on the FA’s website said Allardyce’s
primary target is qualification for the 2018 World
Cup finals in Russia.
“But he is also charged with helping technical
director Dan Ashworth integrate and strengthen the
FA’s elite performance and coaching programme
across the England senior and development teams
at St George’s Park,’’ it said.
Allardyce’s first competitive match will be in
Slovakia on Sept. 4 as England begin their
qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
He leaves Sunderland after nine months and the
Black Cats are now looking for their ninth manager
in eight years.
A statement from the club read: “The focus of
everyone at Sunderland AFC is on moving forward
quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the
club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest
Allardyce, a former manager at Bolton Wanderers,
Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham
United, has thus become the 14th permanent
England manager.
He has never won a major trophy but did win
promotion to the Premier League with Bolton,
Newcastle and West Ham.
Allardyce has been endorsed by his fellow
managers, including Manchester United manager
Jose Mourinho, former England manager Sven
Goran-Eriksson and ex-Tottenham Spurs manager
Harry Redknapp.
Mourinho said Allardyce was “more than ready’’ to
lead the national side, while Redknapp said he
would bring “a Premier League style and pace’’ to
the national side.
Former FA director David Davies said his
appointment was a challenge for English football.
“This is the person the League Managers’
Association probably would have wanted.
“Now will the clubs actually go out of their way to
help the national team because they’ve got the
person they wanted – one of their own?’’
Allardyce was first interviewed for the England job
following Eriksson’s departure after the 2006 World
Cup in Germany, but Steve McClaren was
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and USA manager
Jurgen Klinsmann were reported as potential
candidates, but it is not known how many other
interviews were conducted.
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