Sam Allardyce has left Sunderland to become the new England manager, the Football Association (FA) has announced.
Allardyce leaves Sunderland to take charge of England as they seek to rebuild after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign that ended with a round-of-16 defeat to tournament debutants Iceland.
The FA is reported to have made the decision to appoint Allardyce after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has a year remaining on his contract, turned down the role.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce was also interviewed for the position, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann said to have been the other leading candidates.
However, the FA’s three-man selection panel unanimously chose Allardyce, who leaves Sunderland with immediate effect to take up the role.
He will take charge for England’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which begin with a trip to Slovakia on Sept. 4.
“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.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn added: “Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.
Allardyce guided Sunderland to Premier League safety last season after replacing Dick Advocaat last October, and the club said in a statement on Wednesday evening that “they share in the anger and frustration of our supporters” after reports emerged that he was to take the England job.
Sunderland are now in search of their ninth manager in Eight years.