>> No, I was aware->> A two year contract, just enough time to restore some pride back into national team. Former Sunderland boss, Sam Allardyce, named England's new manager on Friday. In a statement, he said he's honored to have been given what he calls, the best job in English football.
Allardyce will replace Roy Hodgson after a disastrous run at this year's Euros, which saw England crash out of the tournament after a 2-1 defeat against Iceland in the last 16. Not exactly big shoes to fill, but Allardyce has not won one trophy in his 25-year-old career, so we asked Reuters sports correspondent Matt Gooderick the obvious question.
Why him?>> Why Sam Allardyce? Listen, I think the FA, in many ways, have run out of options. They decided very early on that they didn't want a foreign manager, someone who would come in for say, two years and take the big bucks. They've already tried that, of course, with Mr. Capello and Sven-Goran Erickson.
So, they thought maybe closer to home. Let's think of the other foreign option, Arsène Wenger. I think they would have liked to talk to Arsene Wenger, but he has one more year at Arsenal, of course, he never breaks a contract. So then you're down to the English talent.
Who have you got? You have Sam Allardyce, Eddie Howe possibly, the young option down at Bournemouth, he's done a great job. After that, they spoke to Steve Bruce, who knows how that went. But if you think about Allardyce, he's never won a major trophy, no. But he's consistently delivered at a premier league level.
And maybe now the FA think that they need someone who can maybe bring English players out of their shell. We know Sam Allardyce, he's a wonderful man motivator, maybe that's what they're looking for.>> Allardyce's first match will be in Slovakia on September 4 as England begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
He'll leave Sunderland after only nine months in the job. The Black Cats are now looking for their ninth manager in only eight years.