Sam Allardyce Interested In New Managerial Job
Sam Allardyce ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Scotland job last week, but reports say that he is interested in the United States job.
The USMNT are on the look-out for a new manager following Bruce Arena's decision to resign after failing to lead the team to the World Cup, with a dismal defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, the worst team in the CONCACAF qualifying, in the final fixture, coupled with Panama's late win over Costa Rica.
Ex Manchester United and France defender Laurent Blanc, who hasn't returned to management since leaving PSG in 2016, is reportedly in the frame according to France Football.
But Big Sam's name is also in the hat, as per Mark Ogden from ESPN, who cites sources who say the 63-year old is keen on discussing the possibility of managing the US national team.
Allarydce has been on a break from management since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of the season, having guided the Eagles from safety after taking the job in December.
The former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland manager appeared to have retired from management altogether, though he's since clarified that he is open to another international job, especially given the way the last once turned out.
Allardyce's dream job as England manager saw him win his one and only game in charge, a 1-0 win against Slovakia, but it came to an end after 67 days following an undercover sting from The Telegraph where he was filmed advising on how to get around third party ownership in football.
Given he wasn't actually found guilty of doing anything illegal, his departure from the Three Lions still leaves a bad taste in the mouth for him - and he revealed how he still views it has his biggest regret when speaking on Goals On Sunday at the weekend.
However, a second crack at international management with the US may be tempting. Allardyce has already played in the states with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the NASL and Mike Forde, who worked as Allardyce's performance director during his brilliant stint in charge of Bolton, reckons he would be a great fit.
"Sam is a modern manager with a great ability to combine new technology and ideas with the basics of how to win games," he said to ESPN FC.
"His record speaks for itself. Everywhere he goes, he gets results. Sam is one of the best coaches to build a clear team identity and style. At national team level, this is key with limited time together as a squad.
"The plan and strategy has to be very clear, but Sam has a great balance between the traditional approach of how to win games and a curiosity to try new ideas and technology."
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