Manchester United Alex Ferguson, current head coach of the Reds Jose Mourinho and the Three Lions former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson have all applauded the appointment of Sam Allardyce by the English FA as Roy Hodgson’s successor.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Ferguson said Allardyce who is expected to be confirmed as England’s next manager on Thursday after a Football Association board meeting was the right man to take over from Roy Hodgson.
“He’s got many years of club football behind him and the confidence and the reputation.
“He’s certainly the top Englishman. You can search the world for a top manager but it was right to appoint an Englishman.”
Mourinho who also backed the appointment of Allardyce as England manager said: “He is a good motivator and can create a good team spirit. I wish him the best.
“From my side, I promise to try to make sure the English players are always available in good condition.” Mourinho stated.
Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson who led England to the quarter-finals of three major tournaments between 2001 and 2006also backed Allardyce, saying he had always performed in English football.
“I think it is good. Sam’s been in English football for a long time. He’s always been doing very well,” Eriksson told BBC Sport.
“What is successful for England? Is it quarter-final or semi-final? Winning?” asked Eriksson, who now manages Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.
Allardyce was interviewed for the England job by the Football Association (FA) when Eriksson left after the 2006 World Cup.