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Sunderland fans can't fault Sam Allardyce's England decision

Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been named the new England manager, taking over from Roy Hodgson.

There are Sunderland supporters who will never forgive Sam Allardyce for leaving the club to manage England. They are simply wrong.

Few of those supporters would turn their back on a job opportunity that they have always craved, even if it meant letting down a boss to whom, only weeks earlier, they swore allegiance. That is also the way of football.

Immediately before Allardyce replaced Dick Advocaat in October last year, many Sunderland fans quite understandably feared the worst for their club....

David Moyes would be the perfect successor to Allardyce at Sunderland

The FC crew discuss whether David Moyes' successful past with Everton will make him the right man for the Sunderland job.

Sam Allardyce's dreams are about to come true. The England job is the one job he always wanted and the one job he never thought he'd get. Just over three months ago, he sent his hastily augmented Sunderland team out against Norwich knowing that defeat could mean the ignominy of relegation. The next team he sends out likely will have three lions on their shirt. Whatever you might think of Allardyce, it's hard not to be at least a little pleased for a man on the cusp of achieving his life's ambition.

But...

 By Chris Wright

X-Factor's Wagner records message for Sunderland's Sam Allardyce

Having swooped in and saved them from relegation last season, Sunderland fans are understandably keen for the club to keep hold of Sam Allardyce as the FA continue to size him up for the England vacancy.

Allardyce has already been interviewed for the post by the FA and appears to be the front-runner in a relatively small pool of possible candidates.

However, if there's one thing that could persuade Allardyce to stay with the Black Cats it's a personal video message from a 2010 X-Factor contestant.

Step...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Varane, Stones and Lacazette among Premier League clubs' most wanted

The ESPN FC crew look at whether Arsenal can get a deal for Alexandre Lacazette over the line.

Which player or what problematic area needs to be addressed in the summer transfer window?

ESPN FC's club bloggers have their say.

ARSENALA striker, possibly Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal's need for a new centre-forward is exacerbated by the fact that Olivier Giroud is likely to miss the start of the season after his prolonged participation at Euro 2016. The failed bid for Jamie Vardy shows they're already active in the market -- the question now is who the next name is on their shortlist....

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Sam Allardyce's managerial methods make him right for England job

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti firmly believes England need to go with an English manager for their national team.

If England want to succeed at an international tournament, they could do with a man like Sam Allardyce. Why? For a start, he has something significant in common with Portugal coach, Fernando Santos. Speaking on the eve of his team's semifinal with Wales, Santos said: "When they talk about the way we play, that's music to my ears. I'm just focused on the next match. That's all that's important." 

England managerial candidate Allardyce doubtless approved of a man who eventually...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League 2016-17 preseason review: Your club's summer so far

The ESPN FC crew look at whether Leicester can build on their incredible title-winning season.

With Euro 2016 over, focus will quickly shift to the 2016-17 season, and what a campaign lies in store.

How will Leicester fare as defending champions? Will there be fireworks in Manchester as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola do battle again? There are plenty of subplots ahead of the new campaign and clubs are busy at work trying to add to their squads before the big kickoff on Aug. 13.

How is your side shaping up this summer? Our ESPN FC club bloggers give their verdict on their preseason so far.