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Speculations end, England appoint Sam Allardyce as football coach

Narada Desk | July 23, 2016 12:11 pm Print
Sunderland's Sam Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new football coach. He faces a daunting task to revive England's poor International record
Sam Allardyce : New England coach

England’s search for a football coach after Roy Hodgson’s exit following the Euro 2016 disaster has now ended . Ending weeks of speculations and numerous names been thrown into the ring , the burly Sam Allardyce was  appointed the chief coach of the England football team, the Football Association announced. It is  an apparent step towards  lifting the English football which is facing crisis and having some disastrous results in major tournaments

The respected 61-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract and takes up the position with immediate effect following a successful spell retaining Sunderland’s status in the English Premier League.

Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium on September 1.

“I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager,” Allardyce said.

Alongside his primary target of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Allardyce has a mandate to shape a strong, purposeful team identity and maximise the performance potential of a young, talented England squad at a major tournament.

“It is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.”

“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,” the Sunderland coach said.

“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.”

Allardyce will select his first England squad towards the end of August ahead of the friendly on September 1 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava three days later.

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