Football

Allardyce appointed England manager

Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation announced yesterday.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said: "I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager, especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted.

"For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football."

Allardyce, who missed out on the job to Steve McClaren in 2006, was the unanimous choice of a three-man selection panel comprising FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and acting chairman David Gill.

Roy Hodgson's successor continued: "I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

"While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St George's Park - a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

"I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver."

In their search for Hodgson's successor Glenn, Gill and Ashworth also interviewed Steve Bruce, reported to have left his job with Hull earlier yesterday, and considered Arsene Wenger, Eddie Howe and Juergen Klinsmann.

But Allardyce emerged as the clear favourite and the trio presented their findings to the FA board on Thursday.

Glenn said: "Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.

"His excellent managerial credentials, including his ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance, made him the outstanding choice."

- PA Sport.

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