As Sam Allardyce moves closer to the England job, Sunderland's loss may be England's gain.
Sunderland have confirmed that manager Sam Allardyce is in talks with the FA over the vacant England manager’s job but what implications might this have on both Sunderland and England?
Allardyce replaced Dick Advocaat in October 2015 with the club lying second from bottom and winless in their opening eight games. Allardyce masterminded Sunderland’s survival as they finished two points clear in 17th, ahead of rivals Newcastle.
He boasts a reputation of getting the most out of any squad at his disposal and it’s more than likely that Sunderland will find it difficult without him. Move quickly and you can claim up to 7/2 on Sunderland to be relegated next season but this is likely to shorten should Allardyce be confirmed as England manager. If you’re certain they’ll struggle in a world without Big Sam then back Sunderland to finish bottom at 12/1.
With a proven track record of taking over poor, disorganised teams, Allardyce should be well-equipped to managing England. If the FA do go down the route of appointing Allardyce, we can look forward to Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll spearheading us to glory at the World Cup in 2018. He’s 24/1 to get his mitts on the trophy in Russia. Sir Sam Allardyce does have a ring to it…
Favourite for the England job Sam Allardyce's view on playing tiki-taka football. https://t.co/mYdcYo3FRM— Football Vines (@FootballVines) July 13, 2016