Is Sam Allardyce England’s new manager?

Last week, we reported that former Manchester United, Alex Ferguson had said Sam Alladyce was the best candidate for the England Coaching job recently vacated by Roy Hogdson after England’s shock loss to Iceland in the just concluded Euros 2016  held in France.

Well, he seems he is the man who sees tomorrow. England has invited Sam for an interview for the coaching job.

Allardyce flew back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria, and met with Gill, FA technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn.

The 61-year-old left Sunderland in a tracksuit on Tuesday lunchtime and was later seen entering and leaving Gill’s Cheshire home via a chauffeur-driven Mercedes.

Sunderland have confirmed Allardyce was given permission to speak to the FA by the club over the England position.

“The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager,” read an official statement from Sunderland.

“At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.

“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.

“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”

 With the formal interview process now underway, the FA is reported to be keen on talking to Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce and US Soccer manager Jurgen Klinsmann, with Ashworth, Gill and Glenn expected to carry out more interviews in the next few days.

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