5 things we learned from Sam Allardyce's unveiling


Sam Allardyce has been officially unveiled as England's new manager, charged with guiding the Three Lions through their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign and reaching Russia.

He has signed a two-year deal to replace Roy Hodgson, who quit following England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland last month.

We take a look at what we learned from Allardyce's first press conference at St George's Park.

1. The former West Ham boss has matured

Allardyce looks angry (Sean Dempsey/PA)
(Sean Dempsey/PA)

In the past, especially in the goldfish bowl at Newcastle, Allardyce could snap back but he was collected in front of the nation's media on Monday.

There was a measured response to a question over his perceived style of play, delivered with the hint of a wry smile.

Having lost out on the job to Steve McClaren in 2006 Allardyce would not shy away from mentioning his near miss but now he has the gig he has lost the chip on his shoulder.

2. He is not afraid to mix styles

Sam Allardyce gives a thumbs up (Adam Davy/PA)
(Adam Davy/PA)

Allardyce was perfectly clear in his press conference - it will be horses for courses. If England need to play direct they will, if they can play through their opposition they will.

The ex-Bolton boss admitted he has been tagged with playing long-ball football, something he disagrees with, but will not be afraid to use it should it give England success. There would be few complaints if he delivered a major trophy for the first time since 1966.

3. The former Sunderland boss welcomes the pressure

Allardyce holds an England shirt bearing his name (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

"Bring it on" was the message from Allardyce when asked if the job was a poisoned chalice with so many having failed before him. There is no fear or anxiety from the 61-year-old.

It was clear Allardyce was enjoying himself in front of the cameras in the first official day of the job he has wanted all his life. There will be no hiding from any rough headlines in the months to come.

4. No sweeping statements

Allardyce holds an England scarf above his face (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

The inevitable question about Wayne Rooney's future as England captained arrived early but Allardyce refrained from making a big statement so soon into his job.

He will surely talk to Rooney before the squad meet up for his first game in charge against Slovakia in September but Allardyce was cautious enough not to create big headlines too soon. The FA have had enough of those for one summer.

5. There will be more backroom staff

Sammy Lee shouts in a liverpool jacket(Anna Gowthorpe/PA)
(Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

The manager's trusted lieutenant at Bolton, Sammy Lee, has joined his coaching staff and Allardyce promised many more additions as he gets to know his new surroundings.

He is known as an advocate of technology so the Three Lions could see more analysts arrive than ever before.