Sunderland have announced that the
Football Association approached them for
permission to speak to their manager
Sam Allardyce about the England job and,
at Allardyce’s request, they granted
permission.
The former Limerick FC boss, along with
Eddie Howe and Steve Bruce look the
most suitable domestic candidates to
replace Roy Hodgson.
Despite numerous reports of interest from
The FA toward American manager Jurgen
Klinsmann, US Soccer have yet to receive
a request from Wembley.
In a statement, released this morning,
Sunderland want “a swift resolution to the
matter”, with the Premier League
beginning next month.
“The Football Association contacted
Sunderland AFC to seek permission to
speak with our manager as part of what
was supposed to be a confidential
discussion process with potential
candidates for the position of England
manager.
“At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to
this.
“Sam is very much key to our plans. After
what was an extremely challenging
season, we are keen to see a period of
stability, both on and off the field, and we
want him to remain as manager of our
football club.
“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s
position is extremely damaging to
Sunderland AFC, particularly at this
crucial time of the season and we urge
the FA to respect the disruption that this
process is causing and bring about a
swift resolution to the matter.”
Allardyce previously interviewed for the
job in 2006, before it was given to Steve
McClaren.

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