Which countries Sam Allardyce could manage?
FootyOn experts suggest five countries Sam Allardyce could manage after the former England boss revealed he’s open to coaching a national team in future.
Big Sam’s short reign in charge of the Three Lions may have ended in disgrace, but he revealed in a recent interview that taking charge of other countries may tempt him back into football.
Allardyce resigned from Crystal Palace less than five months after taking over at Selhurst Park, having saved the Eagles from relegation.
He then drop huge hints about retirement, but has now teased the possibility of a U-turn.
“If I have to consider anything, it would have to be an international position,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. “It’s less demanding than the Premier League [where] the tension and the pressure is huge.
“When you’re on international duty, it’s all focused on you, but of course after that months go by before you meet up again, so that would maybe suit me, if I am enticed back into the game.”
These words got us thinking; what other national teams could appeal to Big Sam?
Most of our countries Sam Allardyce could manage are close to home, but you never know…
Will Wales be looking for Chris Coleman successor?
It is going to take some doing by Wales managers of the future to outdo current boss Coleman.
He not only guided the Dragons to Euro 2016, but took them further than England with an incredible run to the semi-finals.
Coleman has indicated that this World Cup cycle will be his last in charge, though players and staff hope to persuade him otherwise.
Ryan Giggs has long been touted as a Wales manager of the future, but lacks experience.
Alardyce signed Coleman’s predecessor Gary Speed as a player for Bolton Wanderers, so there is a tenuous connection there.
Scotland job a shout as Gordon Strachan struggles
Don’t let Leigh Griffths’ brace of free-kicks against England fool you, the Tartan Army are watching a team that haven’t qualified for anything since the 1998 World Cup.
Big Sam’s ability to get results by any means was lacking in recently departed Scotland boss Strachan.
The Scottish FA have gone with a foreign coach before and the Berti Vogts experiment was pretty disastrous.
Scotland won just a quarter of their games under the German, but Allardyce knows British football like the back of his hand.
BetVictor are a best-price 10/1 about Big Sam succeeding Strachan as the SFA seek a new boss.
Limerick links make Republic of Ireland possible
Students of history will highlight Allardyce was player-manager of League Of Ireland side Limerick in 1991/92.
The Emerald Isle appealed to him then, so why not when Martin O’Neill finishes up as Republic national boss?
A certain former Ireland captain and current assistant Roy Keane may have something to say about that, though.
Whether it is the FAI’s intention to have a smooth transition from O’Neill to Keane remains to be seen.
Jack Charlton and Giovanni Trapattoni are the two non-Irish bosses to have managed the Republic.
Tampa Bay days may see USA appeal
The Premier League is very much a global brand these days, so Big Sam is known across the pond in the USA.
Stars and Stripes coach Bruce Arena stood down after failing to reach the World Cup finals and Big Sam is an 8/1 chance with BetVictor to take over.
Allardyce did relocate to Florida for the summer of 1983, though, when he played 11 league games for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The USA are no strangers to foreign coaches, with Jurgen Klinsmann the most recent (2011-16).
It does seem far-fetched, but then Harry Redknapp was manager of Jordan for two games in March last year.
Could Big Sam become Socceroos boss?
Allardyce has cultivated a reputation, deserved or otherwise, for playing long-ball and physical football.
Nowhere appreciates that more than Australia, who have produced some the most infamous hard men of the modern era.
Socceroos striker Mark Viduka was Big Sam’s first signing when he became Newcastle United manager in the summer of 2007.
Vince Grella and Brett Emerton are other Australians to have played for Allardyce when he was at Blackburn Rovers (2008-10).
Current Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is out of contract after the next World Cup, but must beat Honduras in a play-off to reach the finals.
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