‘People underestimate him!’ Kevin Davies on why Allardyce is PERFECT for England

first_imgKevin Davies has told talkSPORT his former Bolton manager and friend Sam Allardyce is the PERFECT man to reorganise and rejuvenate the England team.Allardyce is now the favourite to be named the new Three Lions boss after Sunderland confirmed they had given their head coach permission to speak with the Football Association.The 61-year-old has flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn about the job.talkSPORT POLL: Should Sam Allardyce get the England job? Vote and results hereJurgen Klinsmann is still being linked with the role, but it is expected Allardyce will finally fulfil his long-term dream of taking charge of his country, having missed out on the job to Steve McClaren ten years ago.And former Bolton striker Davies, who played under Allardyce for many years at the Lancashire club, believes Big Sam’s man management style is just what the Three Lions need after two dismal major tournaments.“I think he has what it takes,” the ex-Trotters skipper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He would absolutely jump at the chance. He’s very ambitious and that’s been one of his dreams. He was gutted when he missed out on it ten years ago. I know him very well personally so I know how much it would mean to him.“People probably don’t realise the job he did at Bolton. Yes, we had good results and he got us into Europe, but the way he built the club up from top to bottom, the facilities and the staff he brought it, it was no coincidence we had that success. That was all down to him.“He’s a very ambitious person and I feel right now he is exactly what the England team need.“We’re lacking a bit of leadership, organisation and motivation, and Sam can certainly bring that out of the players.“Ask any player who has played under him, he motivates you. He knows when to crack the whip and when to dangle a carrot.“He’s just a great guy to work for, and I’m sure if you ask any player who has played under him they’d say the same thing.“I think people underestimate him. He was always ahead of the game. He was always looking that extra one per cent, those marginal gains. You talk about cryotherapy and the beetroot juices, we were doing that ten years ago.“I think he’d be a real asset to the FA, and not just with managing the team.“It’s wide open for Sam to step in and I think he would be a success, there’s no doubt in my mind.”last_img read more