Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is almost set to be officially announced as the new England manager.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) July 21, 2016
As per the Sky Sports News HQ, Allardyce will be appointed as Roy Hodgson’s replacement during Thursday’s two-part FA board meeting, which will take place in London from 10 AM onwards.
Allardyce enjoyed a decent campaign with the Black Cats last term, helping them avoid relegation from the top flight of English football. Therefore, this news came as quite a shock to Sunderland, who only appointed the 61-year-old at the start of last season.
In reaction to all the speculation surrounding their manager’s future, the club released a statement on their official website on Wednesday night, which read: “Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.
“We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.”
However, despite such claim, Sunderland have already begun looking for replacements, and have identified David Moyes as a potential candidate for the managerial job, according to reports.
David Moyes has tremendous experience in the Premier League, having spent 12 seasons in the topmost level of English football, with Everton as well as Manchester United.
The Scottish manager, however, has been out of a job since November 2015 – when he was sacked for the second time in three years, after spending one season in-charge at La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.
If Allardyce does get chosen over the current Hull City manager Steve Bruce as the new England boss, Sunderland will act quickly, and appoint David Moyes as the new man in-charge at the Stadium of Light.