Having once claimed he’d have more luck getting work at a glamour club if he had a continental surname, Sam Allardyce now has the biggest management job there is in English football.
Tasked with getting the Three Lions back on track following Roy Hodgson’s embarrassing reign and that roundly humiliating exit to Iceland at the recent European Championships, his appointment hasn't been without its detractors.
Some may be put off by his no-nonsense demeanour, others irked by his penchant for lumping it forward to the big man, but naysayers be damned, as we feel there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful about an Allardyce command. Here are ten of them.
England will know their limits
He's got a massive footballing brain
Allardyce's head measures 26 inches in height and 23 inches around. It's a big one all right, leaving us in no doubt of the power behind his success and his unmatched reading of the game: a giant brain.
He won’t make Harry Kane take corners
He *gets* high-end European fashion?
We all know England’s real problem in France. For all Hodgson’s multilingual ability, his grandad-turning-up-for-five-a-side, style was lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Not Allardyce though. Pictured leaving the house of FA chief David Gill yesterday sporting a Louis Vuitton man bag, the fetching accessory may just have swung it. Is the job in the bag? Time will tell.
He knows the importance of experience
He’s already masterminded England to victory
He’s performed bigger miracles
He'll have better ball control than the last coach