Sam Allardyce will be named the new England manager this week, reports in England have claimed.
The Sunderland manager has been considered along with Hull City boss Steve Bruce and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and he and Bruce were both interviewed by the FA and it appears they have decided to go with Allardyce with a deal expected to be announced as soon as Thursday.
According to the reports, the FA will seek permission from Sunderland –where Allardyce currently works – to begin negotiations over a deal that will see the former Bolton Wanderers boss replace Roy Hodgson, who quit the post following England’s shameful exit at the Euros.
The will discuss personal terms and what compensation to pay the Black Cats, who still have 15 months left on their contract with Allardyce, who is popularly known as ‘Big Sam’.
The FA had also spoken to Bruce, who was also understood to be interested in the job, and while Klinsmann was also sounded out, it is unclear if he was spoken to about taking up the job.
Allardyce is expected to sign a two-year contract with the FA up until the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He will not just be expected to qualify the Three Lions, he will also be expected to surpass their recent records at major international competitions.