Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Urged to Make a Quick Decision on Big Sam

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Urged to Make a Quick Decision on Big Sam

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

SUNDERLAND today urged the Football Association to bring their search for the next England manager to a "swift resolution" after confirming manager Sam Allardyce has held talks over the position.

The Black Cats boss flew back to England from the club's pre-season training camp in Austria and was pictured leaving FA vice-chairman David Gill's house last night.

Allardyce is understood to have met the three-man panel charged with appointing Roy Hodgson's successor: Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn.

Standard Sport understands the FA are keen to move quickly, having ended their initial consultation process after speaking with leading figures in the English game, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Harry Redknapp.

But Sunderland have urged the FA to act now to avoid hampering their plans for the forthcoming Premier League season any further.

"The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager," read a statement on the club's website.

"At Sam Allardyce's request, we agreed to this. Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.

"The ongoing speculation over Sam's position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season, and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter."

Allardyce is believed to have been recommended for the position by his close friend Ferguson, who remains in regular contact with Gill following the pair's time at Manchester United. …

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