BREAKING: England announce Sam Allardyce as new manager, but will it work out?
Posted by John Smith | Published on July 22, 2016
News has broken out that England have officially unveiled Sam Allardyce as the new manager of the England National Team. The manager will leave his position at Sunderland AFC with former Manchester United manager David Moyes the most likeliest of candidates to take the role. Fans, pundits and managers alike have all given their opinions on the appointment, with each representing different opinions regarding whether or not ‘Big Sam’ will be a success for the Three Lions.
As for the fans and countrymen, a majority are reacting cold-heartedly in response to the appointment considering Allardyce’s inexperience at the highest level of football as well as his lack of success in winning. Despite this, he has seen success with reference to keeping teams in the Premier League or winning promotion for his side. Last season, he successfully kept Sunderland in the Premier League whilst also securing promotion for West Ham in 2012. Despite the aforementioned success, his highest winning percentage as a manager is a low 43% during his time as Blackpool manager in the late 90s. Nevertheless, the new England manager has never been given a proper opportunity to work at the highest level of football, and now is his time to prove his worth.
Although the new England manager does not have a successive amount of support from the people, he has received an increasing amount of support from pundits and players alike. Yesterday, England legend Gary Linker tweeted out his support for the new manager whilst revealing ‘every major football nation has a homegrown manager’ and that ‘it’s right for England also’. Former FA chairman Greg Dyke has also offered his support by declaring Sam Allardyce ‘is the right man’.
With contrasting opinions in regards to the new manager of the Three Lions, it will be interesting to see what Sam Allardyce can bring to the current team. With talents such as: Jack Butland, John Stones and Dele Alli all emerging into the squad as well as experienced players including: Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney cementing their positions in the England squad, it will be interesting to see whether Allardyce can find the right balance in the team to deliver the right results on the pitch.
The tactics that Allardyce will look to bring to the team will also be interesting to see, and also whether they will be effective or not. Throughout his managerial career, Allardyce has proclaimed his hatred for “tippy tappy football” and has always taken more of a defensive approach to the teams that he has managed. Considering England are a team known for controlling the game with possession rather than sit back and let the other team take over, it will be a difficult task for Allardyce to adapt his tactics to his new England players.
With Sam Allardyce now the new manager of England, it will be important for him to make the appropriate changes to the side to finally look a threat to the other countries and have a much greater impact in the upcoming football tournament – the 2018 World Cup. With over 20 years of experience as a manager for the lower teams, this is finally his chance to manage a top team and see whether or not he is good enough to remain at the top of English football.