Sam Allardyce can shake up the England squad and motivate players previously racked with anxiety
It’s beginning to look a lot like Big Sam. The Sunderland manager has always stated a desire to become manager of the England national team, with the 61-year-old having continually demonstrated that he can get the best out of modest teams.
Allardyce produced the goods last season when replacing Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light, with the squad in a mess and the Dutchman claiming that the prospect of remaining in the Premier League looked like a hopeless one.
With Allardyce now odds-on to become the next England gaffer, here are five reasons why we think he can succeed:
Big Sam has always succeeded with limited resources
Has Allardyce ever been given big money to spend? Every job has carried a modest budget, dating back to his Blackpool days all the way through to Sunderland. If he becomes England manager, he will be given higher quality players than he’s ever had during his career – what a fantastic bonus.
Never mind a lack of silverware, he’s been very successful
Along with Tony Pulis, Allardyce is the go-to manager when your club is in a hole. He obviously made his name with Bolton Wanderers and has also done tremendously well with Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland.
At Newcastle, he was barely given a chance and several members of the Toon Army will probably wish he had remained in charge there.
Allardyce will pick the right players for the job
There won’t be favourites in an Allardyce England squad. He wouldn’t have taken Jack Wilshere to Euro 2016 and also wouldn’t have persisted with finding room for Wayne Rooney at the expense of others.
He’ll get the best out of the players in his squad
Allardyce is a duck press of a manager. He will squeeze the best from each player and has tremendous motivational qualities, with Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli among those who might need a confidence boost at national team set-up.
Sam will do his homework on every opposition team
Allardyce has regularly gone head-to-head with managers like Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson during his club career. He’s managed to successfully nullify Premier League champions and Champions League teams.
International level is no longer the same quality as it used to be. Champions League is the pinnacle these days so a lack of international management experience doesn’t count for much.