Sam Allardyce says only Sunderland success allowed him to get England job

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The 61-year-old thanked Black Cats supporters after being appointed by the FA.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

New England manager Sam Allardyce has told reporters at his first press conference as England manager, via the Shields Gazette, that only his success in keeping Sunderland in the Premier League enabled him to get the job.

Allardyce has been appointed as Roy Hodgson's replacement as head coach of the Three Lions on a two-year deal as the FA look to move on from the disastrous last-16 exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

The 61-year-old's name has been linked with the England role in the past, due largely to his reputation as a superb man-manager and his track record of rebuilding clubs and helping sides avoid relegation.

Fulham's manager Roy Hodgson (R) and Blackburn Rovers' manager Sam Allardyce

His profile rose again last season as he saved Sunderland from the drop after replacing Dick Advocaat in October with the Black Cats in disarray.

Allardyce seems to believe that he owes a huge debt of gratitude to both the club and its supporters for propelling him to the top of the list for the England job, and he made his appreciation known at his first press conference.

 

The former Newcastle United and West Ham United boss said, as quoted by the Shields Gazette: "I have to thank everybody at Sunderland for that opportunity, because that’s the opportunity that came along at the time.

"I chose the challenge and the success of saving them put me in the public eye again for when this position became available.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce acknowledges fans after the game

"I had a really great time at Sunderland. the fans were absolutely magnificent for me and I thank them for that. Hopefully the England fans will enjoy my time with them as much as the Sunderland fans did."

Allardyce may not be a unanimous choice amongst supporters as he was with the FA, but he will certainly feel that he has the attributes necessary to do well in the role.

Lauded by many of his ex-players as a superb man-manager who excels in preparation for matches and analysis of performances, Allardyce will look to lift England out of their malaise as the country looks ahead to the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in the autumn.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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