Big Ron backing Big Sam for England

Former Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson says Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce deserves the England job.

Big Sam, 61, may not be the perfect choice in a perfect world but – as Big Ron, 77, point outs – England are in a far from perfect place after their embarrassing Euro 2016 exit.

Big Ron said: “Sam is the obvious favourite – with Bruce and Hoddle also in the frame. That’s fine with me.

“The starting point for the FA is to find an Englishman. There may not be a huge number of top English candidates around but that’s life.

“If the FA went for a foreigner they would be failing in their duty to our game and to the country.

“Sam may not have experience at a really top club but which English coach does. Bruce has done a very good job with most of his clubs but, again, has never had a really big one.

“You could go for Eddie Howe but I feel it’s too soon for the Bournemouth boss. He needs another 12 months or so there before stepping up to the next level.

“I still like Hoddle. He did a great job with England first time and I don’t believe his time away matters. He could still do the job, maybe on an interim basis with Harry Redknapp.”

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