Written by Ese Agboaye
Sam Allardyce has been found out to be talking about a “loophole” to get around The FA’s ruling on player transfers. What does this mean for the current England manager?
It’s widely known that he might possibly lose his position, but I highly doubt that’ll be the case, as of yet, as The FA are yet to comment. Allardyce isn’t new to this as back in 2006, during his time at Bolton Wanderers, he had to strongly deny claims that he was being paid bribes after that claim came to light in a BBC Panorama programme.
Here are my thoughts on this situation. Whilst it’s widely believed that Allardyce’s position has become untenable, I don’t think he will be sacked. If he does end up getting the chop, then another manager has to be found within a short space of time which isn’t helpful for England’s preparation for their next qualifier.
Should he be sacked? Again, I can’t really say whether he should or not until The FA have clear transparency on whether he has done anything wrong or not. If he is sacked, who should replace him?
Eddie Howe? He’s a good contender, but I don’t think he’ll leave Bournemouth, not with the project he’s building. Gary Neville looks to be best fit as he’s been learning the grade under previous managers. Other managers that have been lined up to “succeed” Allardyce include Alan Pardew, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Steve Bruce. Which of these do you think is best to take the England hot seat?
Alan Pardew looks to be good, but will he be willing to give up his current position at Crystal Palace?
Jurgen Klinsmann guided USA to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil two years ago, and reached the semi-finals with Germany in Germany, in 2006. Perhaps he could do a good job with England? If he is selected, he’ll be the third foreign manager to take over after the likes of Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson have done.
Steve Bruce is currently a free man, and having coached across different clubs in England in the Premier League, I think he doesn’t has what it takes to do an international job.
Sacking him would be controversial, as would not sacking him as England have a qualifier next Saturday, then the following Tuesday. If another manager came in, they’ll have a week to prepare the squad, which I don’t think is feasible.
From what you make of this story, will Allardyce be sacked? Let us know in the comments below!