Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was on Friday confirmed as England’s new football manager after he succeeded Roy Hodgson who quit last month following the Euro 2016 round of 16 defeat to Iceland.
In a statement, the Football Association (FA) described Allardyce of having a proven track record of getting the best results out of teams and called him a forward-thinker with progressive ideas.
The FA also confirmed the 61-year-old had been appointed on an initial two year deal.
I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted.
Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. Wish him the very best. It's not the impossible job it's said to be, as I hope big Sam proves.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 22, 2016
In a press release after his appointment, the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham manager described the honour he feels at being handed the top most job in English football.
“I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted,” Allardyce said.
“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,” he added.
Allardyce will take charge at Wembley on September 1 for a friendly with a yet to be identified opposition before England play their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia later in the month.