Sam Allardyce as short as 5/2 to replace Roy Hodgson and take the Three Lions forward
Sir Alex Ferguson claims that Sam Allardyce should be the next manager of England and it’s an assertion that several punters agree with.
The Sunderland manager has been the subject of a concerted gamble which have seen his odds tumble from 16/1 to as short as 5/2 on the next England manager market.
There has been little indication from the FA as to what direction they will now take in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s resignation following the failed Euro 2016 campaign which saw England exit at the hands of Iceland.
However, the bookmakers have been forced to cut the odds on Allardyce, someone who unfairly has a reputation for long-ball football and has ultimately got the best from modest teams such as England.
BetVictor offer a best price 4/1 about the former Bolton and West Ham manager taking charge of the national team, with Allardyce having managed a series of teams in the Premier League including Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United.
At Newcastle, Big Sam was seemingly hounded out of a job by fans who didn’t appreciate his style of football, although he has continued to be a successful manager and Sir Alex Ferguson feels he is the right man for the job.
“The problem is there was an expectation England would do well and because they didn’t, it’s all a bit flat,” he said. “So they need to work out what the plan B is.
“It’s very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam (Allardyce)’s experience, he is the obvious choice.
“But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it’s Sam, fine. But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.
“Thank goodness I’m not making the choice because it’s a difficult one but Sam’s the best English candidate because he’s in the Premier League.”
Allardyce is a close friend of Ferguson and would presumably be open to taking the role although Sunderland fans will want him to remain in charge of their team instead.
Jurgen Klinsmann and Guus Hiddink are 8/1 chances, with Glenn Hoddle a 12/1 chance and Harry Redknapp available at 16/1.
All odds were correct at time of posting.