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After a disappointing campaign at the European Championships, the Three Lions will get back to action on September 1 for a friendly game. To be on the sidelines overseeing England’s display of the coaching tactics will be none other than Sam Allardyce. Reports making the rounds say the Sunderland boss’s appointment as Roy Hodgson’s successor will be confirmed in few hours or days after the England’s football association chose him over other options. Hull city handler, Steve Bruce and former Germany coach, Jurgen Klinsmann were also considered for the role following an application process that had Harry Redknapp, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard as part of it. The ex Bolton Wanderers chief always had it coming as far as leading the English team. Just a decade ago, he was amongst the candidates for the job following Sven-Goran Eriksson’s exit, however it went to Steve McClaren.

Given his track record and c.v, the question is will Allardyce be any different than those before him? Despite the array of talents that have been available to England over the decades, the last time they won a trophy was before the 61-year-old became a teenager. At the moment, securing qualifications for the Russia 2018 World Cup is the only priority on the F.A’s plate, and getting a man who’s an expert in keeping teams in the EPL seems to be their best option. Klinsmann was never an option to be considered given his nationality, Wenger wouldn’t have been appointed even if he wanted the job and Bruce was just there to make up the numbers. There are obviously no free English coaches or any other one with any enviable pedigree like Big Sam, so it’s understandable why they had to go for their best choice, but their best doesn’t seem to know how to win trophies or make an attempt to.

An excuse could be tabled that he has never been given the chance to handle a big team, and considering what he has done with the average and small teams he has taken charge of, he definitely should be given a pass. What will he be able to do with the many crop of players available to choose from? Notts County, Bolton, West Ham, Blackburn and Newcastle are the sides he has managed before the black cats, and he enjoyed most success with the Wanderers, guiding them to a 6th-place finish. His experience definitely comes to the fore when English managers are discussed, and with the F.A’s love for home grown, getting him seems reasonable. But all the sides he managed have all been relegated eventually. He’s an expert at helping sides with low budget float, and that looks like the only thing he’s well known for.

Will England qualify for the World Cup? 99% Yes!!! Will they win it? 100% No!!! How far can they get? Quarter Finals at most!!! So it is safe to say the F.A only wants to play it safe. The search for that trophy will definitely continue until a coach that knows what winning is or has had close shaves with it is appointed. Or at least one that can rouse his side to victory, and not one that is famous for seeing them ensure survival.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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