BREAKING: Sunderland confirm FA have held Allardyce talks


Sunderland have confirmed the Football Association has held talks with Sam Allardyce over the vacant England manager's position.

Allardyce left the Black Cats' pre-season training camp in Austria earlier this week and, although it was initially thought it was due to talks with a transfer target, the 61-year-old was subsequently pictured leaving the house of FA vice-chairman David Gill.

Sunderland on Wednesday admitted they had granted Allardyce permission to speak to the FA.

A club statement read: "The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.

"At Sam Allardyce's request, we agreed to this."