LONDON (AP) Sam Allardyce has been hired as England’s new national team manager, following the team’s embarrassing European Championship showing under Roy Hodgson.
The English Football Association says Friday that Allardyce signed a two-year contract after securing his release from Premier League club Sunderland.
Allardyce takes over one of football’s most high-profile and challenging jobs after a 25-year management career that yielded no major trophies but plaudits for over-achieving with modest teams.
The 61-year-old Allardyce, like Hodgson, was never selected by England during his playing career.
Hodgson’s hopes of extending his four-year stint with England were dashed when its Euro 2016 campaign ended in June with a humbling loss to Iceland in the round of 16.
Allardyce’s immediate priority is taking England to the 2018 World Cup, with qualifying starting in September.