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Big Sam Allardyce tops FA managerial wish list for England manager

By Ian Herbert

The FA will interview Jurgen Klinsmann for the England manager's job and are seriously considering him as a successor to Roy Hodgson, though Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce remains favourite to get the position he was denied a decade ago.

With the governing body being accused by Sunderland on Wednesday of damaging their pre-season preparations and urged to "bring about a swift resolution to this matter", it is thought Klinsmann may be interviewed in the next 48 hours.

But there was a growing sense that Allardyce is the FA's man, with his Wearside employers already placing Burnley's Sean Dyche on their contingency list of possible successors if the 61-year-old is handed the national post.

Klinsmann brings substantial experience of handling superstar players like those within the England ranks, having presided over a German national side that played expansive football to third place at the 2006 World Cup. He has been at the helm of the US national side since 2011.

But Allardyce's more collaborative approach to management is thought to be a factor which weighs in his favour and the idea of a potential successor, such as Gareth Southgate or Gary Neville working as his assistant, will strengthen his standing.

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