Why Sam Allardyce could actually be a good appointment for England

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Allardyce is in talks to be the new England boss.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Following the debacle of England's latest failing at a major tournament, candidates are few and far between when it comes to the next England manager, which is probably why Sam Allardyce is in the frame.

Sunderland have granted permission for their manager to speak to the FA about taking over as manager of the national side. Some have scoffed at the idea that he could be the man to lead the national side. With no major honours to his name and a lack of really high profile clubs on his CV, it is understandable. 

England head coach Roy Hodgson

For so long the England side has not really had an identity. There has been an obsession with trying to copy the side that has won the tournament. With Allardyce, it would be a case of you know what you are going to get, and a lot of international sides will, quite frankly, find his teams horrible to play against. 

But look at his Sunderland team. They were in utter disarray by the time he arrived at the club, yet by leading them to survival he made them solid at the back and organised. If you look at England's Euro 2016 campaign, it was something that they lacked under Hodgson. They did not look like an effective unit. 

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the match

Hodgson had his favourites, and it will be a little surprising if the next England manager did not have his favourites, too, but it always looks as if there is a function to Allardyce's side. 

It will be a little unfair just to remark on them being a side that likes to rough up the opposition or long ball, even if it has been part of their play. In his final season as West Ham United manager, there were some good technical football which got them off to an impressive start to the campaign. If he is given the players then he does have the capability to allow a little more flow to the side.

He also has the knack of getting his sides to raise their game against sides that they perhaps ought not to beat. It would be surprising to see a lack of fight.

There will be direction, players selected in order for the side to have a specific role rather than certain writers feeling that certain individuals should be picked. It's not guaranteed to be a success, nothing ever is, but it will be an England side that will have a plan with the players at their disposal - unlike in recent years. 

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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