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Saturday 3 December 2016

Sam the man for England: Kilbane

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has the potential to improve England, if the English FA go ahead with their plan to appoint him as their new manager, according to his former protege Kevin Kilbane

Allardyce, who of course cut his teeth in management with Limerick FC (1991-92), is on course to be confirmed as Roy Hodgson's successor, Allardyce in charge of Sunderland in a friendly last night, probably for the last time.

The English FA said last night that an appointment was "getting close" following a series of interviews, Allardyce likely to get the nod ahead of Steve Bruce.

Ex-Rep of Ireland international Kilbane learned from Allardyce in the early stages of his career at Preston: famously, Allardyce forced Kilbane to go for a trial with the England U17s even though Kilbane had refused the call-up as he was intent on playing for Ireland.But Kilbane believes that appointing Allardyce would be the best move which the FA can make in their bid to make English a force again.

"He makes teams better, that's what you get from Sam Allardyce. Every team that he has worked with, he's made them better and I think he will be a great appointment," Kilbane said on Newstalk last night

"Sam signed me from school so I have a lot of respect for what he did for me in the early stages of my career. I have been listening to people who worked with Sam, and they all say that what you see is what you get.

"You know exactly what you are doing and exactly what he wants when you get out onto the pitch. I imagine that the FA have done all their homework, he will get the right people in place to do the job that they are good at, so Big Sam can concentrate on his position, look after the side and coach the side."

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