The FA have confirmed that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has become the new boss of the England national team.
The 61-year-old has taken over following Roy Hodgson’s resignation after England were embarrassed by Iceland in the last-16 of Euro 2016.
Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.”
Allardyce, who missed out on the job to Steve McClaren in 2006, was the unanimous choice of a three-man selection panel comprising FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and acting chairman David Gill.
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Roy Hodgson’s successor continued: “I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.
“While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.
“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”
In their search for Hodgson’s successor Glenn, Gill and Ashworth also interviewed Steve Bruce, reported to have left his job with Hull earlier on Friday, and considered Arsene Wenger, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann.
But Allardyce emerged as the clear favourite and the trio presented their findings to the FA board on Thursday.
Glenn said: “Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.
“His excellent managerial credentials, including his ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance, made him the outstanding choice.
“That was underlined when we sat down to talk and we could not help but be energised by his personal perspective on England’s future and how it complemented the extensive work that we are looking to build on at St George’s Park.
“Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.”
Allardyce has had stints at Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, and leaves Sunderland after nine months in charge, having guided the club to safety last season.
The Blacks Cats released a statement, saying the following:
“Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect.
“The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.”