Sam Allardyce believes he should have replaced Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager in 2006 – and is even better suited for the job now.
Newly-appointed Sunderland manager Allardyce was interviewed for the job after Eriksson resigned but was overlooked in favour of Steve McClaren.
However he insists he is a better manager now and should be in the running to take over whenever Roy Hodgson leaves the post.
“I should have got it – that’s not vanity or being full of my own importance. My track record entitles me to be considered,” he writes in his new autobiography, Big Sam, which is being serialised in The Sun.
“I’m ambitious and still want the England job but I have less chance now even though I’m better equipped to do it now.”
Allardyce, who was managing Bolton Wanderers at the time, also reveals that he met with David Beckham – who had suggested the new man should have Champions League experience – in an attempt to convince the midfielder he was the right man for the job.
Despite expecting the job to go to a foreign coach, Allardyce was encouraged to apply, but his interviewed was foiled by some technical difficulties.
“I wanted to do a real knock-your-socks-off interview for the FA, so I put together a PowerPoint presentation which looked at every single detail.
“There was nothing missing. Nobody but nobody was going to beat it.
“But then Brian Barwick, the chief executive, told me there were no PowerPoint facilities at the interview venue so I had to print off hard copies for the panel. So much for the progressive FA.”