Shamed former England manager Sam Allardyce is already thinking about a coaching comeback – with a job in America said to be his preference.
Days after losing his £3million a year job as England manager, a report in the Daily Mirror claims Allardyce is contemplating a big-money role in MLS, away from the prying eyes and intense scrutiny of the British media
A former colleague told the paper: “If someone gave him an opportunity in the States he’d struggle to turn it down.
“And the way he feels right now I don’t think he’d be too bothered about turning his back on England.”
Big Sam played in the US in 1983 – turning out for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and later described his short stay in Florida as “life-changing”.
The ex-colleague continued: “Sam has spoken a lot about his time in Tampa. He loved it and it really opened his eyes.
“It’s still early days yet, but he hasn’t ruled out a return to football and he would love to give it a crack over there in the US.”
In his autobiography, called Big Sam, Allardyce spoke of his love for America and his desire to work in the country’s top flight, Major League Soccer.
He said a job in the MLS “appeals”, adding his wife Lynne “might like that”.
Allardyce facing English ban
Allardyce, 61, lost his England job last week after undercover journalists posing as businessmen filmed him offering advice on how to “get around” transfer rules laid down by the Football Association.
He also negotiated a £400,000 deal for a series of speaking engagements.
Allardyce’s reign as England manager lasted just 67 days. FA chiefs have agreed to pay him a £1million severance package.
Disciplinary action will not be considered until police have finished their probe into what has been revealed by the Daily Telegraph’s undercover investigation.
An FA ban would only cover England. It would be up to football’s world governing body FIFA whether to make it global.