Sources close to former England manager Sam Allardyce have spoke of his interest in returning to international management as a coach to the United States.
Bruce Arena’s failure to steer the USMNT to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, forced the coach to reign last week.
Arena had been holding the position since November after taking over from fired Jurgen Klinsmann, but losing the finale of the CONCACAF Hexagonal has meant this was the first time the USA has failed to secure a place since 1986 and the 66-year-old quit.
Allardyce who is the former West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle manager was the early bookies favourite to succeed Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare who was sacked yesterday, but has since said he didn’t feel the time was right for him to take on another Premier League rebuilding job.
Allardyce who had a spell in the United States playing 11 matches for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1983 before returning back to England and Coventry City FC, regards the U.S. job as a challenge that would enable him to impose a long-term strategy and secure a legacy in a nation regarded as a growing force.
Mike Forde, the New York-based management consultant who worked as Allardyce’s performance director at Bolton before spending six years as director of football operations at Chelsea, says that Allardyce could bring crucial experience and vision to the U.S. job.
“Sam is a modern manager with a great ability to combine new technology and ideas with the basics of how to win games,” Forde told ESPN FC. “His record speaks for itself. Everywhere he goes, he gets results.
“Sam is one of the best coaches to build a clear team identity and style. At national team level, this is key with limited time together as a squad.
“The plan and strategy has to be very clear, but Sam has a great balance between the traditional approach of how to win games and a curiosity to try new ideas and technology.”