Allardyce has taken up the vacant England job following Roy Hodgson’s exit, leaving Sunderland on the lookout for a new manager with Sky Bet heavily pointing towards David Moyes with odds of 1/10.
The new England manager has a proud record in the Premier League, establishing the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and West Ham as top-flight sides.
During his three-year spell with the latter, he brought in a number of players still featuring under current boss Slaven Bilic including former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
Carroll enjoyed a terrific end of season following his return from injury last term, scoring nine goals in 13 league starts including a memorable hattrick during a 3-3 draw with fellow London side Arsenal.
Despite the 27-year-old’s excellent form, he missed out on a spot at the European Championships as then England boss Roy Hodgson opted for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford instead.
Hodgson went for five strikers in total - Rashford, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney - yet neither have the aerial prowess of Carroll and that ultimately came back to haunt England.
The Three Lions were desperate for genuine width and a strong aerial presence as they struggled to break down Slovakia and Iceland, ultimately losing to the latter 2-1 in the opening knockout round.
Allardyce, it seems, will not be so short-sighted and Sky Bet have posted odds of 4/6 on Carroll earning a recall to the England squad for the opening set of fixtures under Allardyce’s tenure in September.
Popularly known as Big Sam, the 61-year-old deserves the chance to manage his nation and few would bet against him outperforming his predecessor during the duration of his two-year contract and beyond.