New England manager Sam Allardyce 'might not be a superstar, but he gets the best out of players'

'He might not be a superstar but he gets the best out of players', says talkSPORT reporter on Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce: set to succeed Roy Hodgson, who parted company with England after Euro 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Football correspondent Graham Courtney has told talkRADIO listeners why Sam Allardyce is a good choice as the new England football manager.

Allardyce was appointed as manager of struggling Premier League club Sunderland in October 2015, and successfully kept the club in English football's top flight last season. He is expected to sign a two-year deal as England boss, worth around £7m.

Courtney, who specialises in north-east football for talkRADIO's sister station talkSPORT, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Sunderland managed to survive because they had a real team spirit and I think that's what he'll do with England.

"He might not be a superstar, but he gets the best out of players. They'll respect him and I think they'll also enjoy his company."

Find out more by listening to the full interview