What We Learnt From Sam Allardyce’s First Press Conference As England Manager

  • 26th July 2016
What We Learnt From Sam Allardyce’s First Press Conference As England Manager

Big Sam’s first press conference was one that may have finally given England fans something to look forward too. A ‘dinosaur’ of football in some people’s opinions but Big Sam could in fact be a pioneer to take England back to glory with simplifications of the game and his talent for man management.

What We Learnt From Sam Allardyce’s First Press Conference As England Manager

Sam announced that Sammy Lee who was previously in the England set up under Sven Goran Eriksson will be joining his coaching team. Sammy Lee has worked with Sam as his assistant at Bolton as well as working at Liverpool and other clubs.

Throughout Allardyce’s interview you couldn’t stop the man beaming, it was refreshing to see a man genuinely excited to lead his country, not just their as the FA’s ‘yes’ man to pick up a huge pay packet. ‘This will be the greatest challenge for me in my long career and hopefully I will be as successful as I have in the rest of my career’ Big Sam prided when asked about his appointment.

When asked about his current crop of players to choose from Allardyce was quick to state that potential is not a word he will be using, on a 2 year deal Big Sam’s brief is to come in and take England to the latter stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also refused to confirm England’s leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney, would remain captain, Sam stated that no decisions will be made until the squad has met up.

Sam had his say on the people who claimed he was a slightly underwhelming appointment and questioned his lack of knowledge at the top of the game to which he responded, he has never won a ‘trophy’ but when appointed to stave off relegation and you succeed, that is a trophy. He also said he has world class players under his regimes before and that he enjoys players that take on his ideas quickly.

There was no holding back when Allardyce was questioned on what he thought was holding English football back. ‘No midseason break. I have been an advocate of that for 10 years or more. The demand on players is enormous’. Maybe now we have an England Manager that his 100% behind the idea of a winter break the FA will lean on the Premier League to make a change in their schedule, however with his contract only set for an initial 2 years, depending on Big Sam’s success we may not see this included for a long while.

Old fashioned he may be but Big Sam slammed the doubters of his style yesterday when asked about his style and particularly playing with one central big man up front. Sam was sharp with his reply and stated he kept Sunderland up with Jermain Defoe up front on his own all season, he was told Defoe couldn’t play up front on his own but he did and he scored 18 goals. Sam is a massive believer of playing to player’s strengths and hopefully that simplistic overview on his time with England will amount to some sort of measured success.

With Allardyce in charge, England are top price 24/1 with 888Sport to win the 2018 World Cup.