With Sam Allardyce the favourite to be the next England Manager, it feels like we have moved into some kind of drug-fuelled parallel universe.
How did this come to pass?
The latest odds (see below) actually have Sam Allardyce as an odds on favourite, with the fat oaf said to be having meetings with the FA this week.
Of course with the FA’s track record on pretty much anything in living memory, maybe it is no surprise that we have been reduced to this.
If Allardyce does get the job then it is ironic that he will have one of the previous England failures to thank, an abysmal 28 games under Steve McClaren leaving such a mess that even Rafa Benitez couldn’t turn around in time.
Sunderland/Fat Sam only ‘achieved’ fourth bottom thanks to that game on Wearside, if Coloccini hadn’t been wrongly red carded then surely Newcastle would at the very least have avoided defeat and that three point turn around would have meant Newcastle surviving and the Mackems/Allardyce going down.
Just had a look at what Sam Allardyce’s biggest achievements have been as a manager and they are winning the League of Ireland First Division with Limerick in 1992 and the English Third Division in 1998 with Notts County.
As well as those he has won promotions with Bolton & West Ham, plus finished sixth in the Premier League once (Bolton).
Surely England can do better than this? Even if it is just giving it to a former quality player and see what happens, rather than relying on a long established manager who has achieved nothing of real note (Allardyce, Pardew, Bruce etc) at the top level.
As usual, England have been handed more a less a bye into the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, drawn in a group with Slovakia, Malta, Slovenia, Lithuania and Scotland. Meaning whether it is Sam Allardyce or some other loser, even they aren’t likely to be able to mess up qualification, so it would only be in two years time when we would see what a shambles the new England boss really was.
Reading the comments from Sunderland fans below is just surreal. You can understand them being relieved that they stayed up and crediting Sam Allardyce for some of that but the thinking that this would be the onset of some great future under him…
You feel like saying to them, be grateful/happy you stayed up but bite the FA’s hand off if they take Fat Sham off your hands AND compensate you for it, so you can get a decent manager.
Not sure what I want now, Sunderland fans eventually finding out just how bad life under Allardyce will undoubtedly get, or the car crash that would be him taking over England…
This is what the Sunderland fans are saying on the main Mackem message board Ready To Go:
‘Haway big Sam, get the FA telt!
It’s about time someone who is their own man got a job there instead of some snivelling toad on a big wage!
All the best Sam, and we’ll be waiting for you if they don’t see sense and appoint you!’
‘He is a thoroughly decent man who saved us last season from almost certain relegation. It would be with a very heavy heart but I would honestly wish him all the best. I would be absolutely gutted to see him go mind.’
‘I’ve accepted hes gone, I just wish he wasn’t.’
‘I’m not a violent person but I’d love to smash Roy Hodgson’s head in.’
‘Must be weird for those who support England as well as SAFC. Sort of good for one but bad for the other.’
‘It’s annoying that the job has come up now, right in the middle of our pre season plans, but that isn’t Sam’s fault. It isn’t even the FA’s fault (although it would be good if they could act quickly and decide the route they want to take). It’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances. Hope it gets resolved sooner rather than later and if Allardyce gets it (which I still don’t think he will) then I’d wish him all the best.’
‘Typical Sunderland marra but all the best to the big man from Dudley. He’s always wanted the England squad and I know he’d be 100 per cent committed to winning a World Cup.’
‘Sam would be good for England, but equally England can go to a much better pool of talent for the manager’s job than Sunderland can so I’d rather SAFC kept Allardyce and England can go and get another good manager instead. Sam staying at Sunderland wouldn’t really harm England too much, him leaving would likely harm SAFC though so I hope he stays.’
‘The club is stupid waiting around like this, if he comes running back with his tail between his legs his position is untenable. Who wants a half hearted manager training players when he isn’t fully committed. He wants to go so he should let the club move on, that is his gamble to take if he doesn’t get it he can always move on himself.’
‘He is fully committed man you thick f***.
I’m fully committed to my job but if NASA rang up and offered me an interview I would go for it.’
‘You should stay fat sam,you will NEVER find another club where 17th place is accepted as success…..’
‘FTM. Enjoy Burton.’
‘I think Sam is definitely the right man for SAFC and, as an SAFC supporter, I really, really want him to stay. As an England supporter I think he might be what is needed to pull a promising group of players into a team.’
‘Imagine if Allardyce got England to the world cup final but we went down and stayed down over that period, how would you think of him?
You hillbilly tw*t.’
‘Can you see Rooney et al really responding to Sam’s no nonsense attitude?
If he stays here he could help to build himself a legacy and also help build the club back up.’
‘Pep would be the ideal man for England but when you’ve managed Barcelona and Bayern it’s easy to look good, BSA has never managed a big club in his career.’
These are the current favourites at the minute, to see the full list of potential England managers go HERE.
4/6 Sam Allardyce
6/1 Jurgen Klinsmann
12/1 Glenn Hoddle
14/1 Eddie Howe
16/1 Alan Shearer
16/1 Steve Bruce
20/1 Guus Hiddink
33/1 Alan Pardew
33/1 Harry Redknapp
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