Sunday 27 May 2018

Allardyce returns to club as he awaits England call

Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA Wire
Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA Wire

Sam Allardyce has returned to work at Sunderland as he waits to hear whether or not he will land his dream job as England boss.

The 61-year-old held talks with the Football Association on Tuesday after leaving the club's pre-season training camp in Austria ostensibly to continue his pursuit of summer transfer targets.

However, after the Black Cats confirmed on Wednesday that he had been given permission to meet the FA's representatives for what were supposed to be confidential talks, he is now back in harness on Wearside.

Allardyce is understood to be one of a series of potential candidates due to hold discussions with FA technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill with Hull's Steve Bruce, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Unites States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann also reportedly in their sights.

But whatever happens, Sunderland are hoping for a swift conclusion to the matter as they contemplate the prospect of having to find a ninth permanent manager inside eight years, something they are desperate to avoid after believing they had struck gold when they appointed their current manager in October last year.

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