England appoint Allardyce
Sam Allardyce is the new England manager after the Football Association officially appointed him on Friday, 10 years after he failed to convince them he was the right man for the job.
The 61-year-old Englishman -- who lost out to Steve McClaren 10 years ago after Sven-Goran Eriksson left -- signed a two-year contract with his task to guide England to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Allardyce -- who gained credit for keeping Sunderland in the Premier League last season -- replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down after England lost to minnows Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016 last month.
Allardyce, whose only piece of silverware came at the beginning of his managerial career with an Irish League title at Limerick City, couldn't hide his joy after at last getting the job he had coveted all his long managerial career.
"I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted," said Allardyce in a statement issued by the FA.
"For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.
"I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.
"While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George's Park - a facility I have used with my previous clubs.
"I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver."
The FA said Allardyce, who became favourite once Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate said he wasn't interested in the job and Arsene Wenger said he wanted to see out his contract at Arsenal, had been the unanimous choice of the three-man panel deployed to select the manager.