Wednesday July 20th, 2016

England will hire Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as its new manager, the BBC reports

Allardyce still has a year remaining on his contract with Sunderland, but the Football Association is expected to announce the hiring by Thursday. The manager helped guide Sunderland to safety after a tough relegation battle last season, his first with the club. 

Previously, Allardyce managed West Ham from 2011-15. He has managed a number of English clubs, including Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton, where he coached from 1999-2007. 

Allardyce interviewed for the England job following the 2006 World Cup, but the FA hired Steve McClaren instead. 

Roy Hodgson resigned as England’s manager following the team’s round of 16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016. Hodgson had served in the role since 2012. 

If Allardyce indeed leaves Sunderland, he could be replaced by David Moyes, according to multiple reports. Moyes most recently coached Real Sociedad in 2014-15 after a disastrous one-year stint at Manchester United. Previously, he managed Everton from 2002-13. 

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