The news of Sam Allardyce’s appointment as the new England boss and the talk about whether or not he will be a success got me thinking. What does the nation now deem to be the defi nition of success at an international football tournament? Roy Hodgson didn’t lose a game in qualifying for Euro 2016. Was that deemed a success? Or can we not judge this separately because of what happened this summer? Now, if Allardyce gets England into the last eight of the World Cup, assuming we are able to pick ourselves up again and qualify, would that be considered a success?
I’m sure he will have his remit of what he has to do and, like he did at West Ham, I hope he hits these targets. As for his appointment, I’m sure he feels like he’s in the right place at the right time. If someone had said when he left West Ham that he would be England manager just over 12 months later, you would laugh at them. How things change! I know Sunderland will be disappointed that he’s gone but it’s a job you can’t refuse if it’s off ered to you. You don’t think about it, you just say yes. He has, arguably, the best players to select and work with that he has ever had, how will this impact his decision making? England will be organised and tough to beat, but will anyone in the country want to watch them play