Why losing to Slovakia might be the perfect start for Big Sam

How has each England manager in history fared in their first game in charge?

Why losing to Slovakia might be the perfect start for Big Sam

As Sam Allardyce prepares for Sunday, he can take comfort in the fact that the only permanent England manager to lose his opening game was the man who delivered England’s solitary World Cup to date - Sir Alf Ramsey. So if all goes wrong against Slovakia, he would be in very good company.

We’re not suggesting the game should be thrown by any means, but Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Roy Hodgson - three of the more unpopular and unsuccessful England managers in recent times - all won their first matches comfortably.

Slovakia are out at 16/5, with the Draw 23/10 and England the favourites at best-price 21/20 .

Manager Tenure First Game
Walter Winterbottom 1946-62 Ireland 2-7 England
Alf Ramsey 1963-74 France 5-2 England
Joe Mercer (interim) 1974 Wales 0-2 England
Don Revie 1974-77 England 3-0 Czechoslovakia
Ron Greenwood 1977-82 England 0-0 Switzerland
Bobby Robson 1982-90 Denmark 2-2 England
Graham Taylor 1990-93 England 1-0 Hungary
Terry Venables 1994-96 England 1-0 Denmark
Glenn Hoddle 1996-98 Moldova 0-3 England
Howard Wilkinson (interim) 1999-00 England 0-2 France
Kevin Keegan 1999-00 England 3-1 Poland
Peter Taylor (interim) 2000 Italy 1-0 England
Sven-Goran Eriksson 2001-06 England 3-0 Spain
Steve McClaren 2006-07 England 4-0 Greece
Fabio Capello 2008-11 England 2-1 Switzerland
Stuart Pearce (interim) 2012 England 2-3 Netherlands
Roy Hodgson 2012-16 Norway 0-1 England