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Allardyce : England job my biggest challenge yet

England manager Sam Allardyce says his new job will be the “greatest challenge” of his career.

In his first news conference since taking charge of the national side, Allardyce said “man management” was his “biggest asset”.

He added ”I think [managing] five Premier League clubs has given me a huge amount of experience and nobody else in the Premier League clubs.

“Man-management is my biggest asset, to try and help players enjoy themselves and become better than they already are.

“I think that worked everywhere else I’ve been so hopefully that will work on the England side. I’ll have that approach in this job.”

Allardyce, who helped save Sunderland from Premier League relegation last season, succeeds Roy Hodgson after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

“This will be the greatest challenge for me in my long career and hopefully I will be as successful as I have in the rest of my career,” Allardyce said.

He also spoke about the Wayne Rooney’s status in the team citing that he will not announce any decision on Wayne Rooney’s England captaincy until after his first meeting with his players.

Manchester United skipper Rooney’s place in the national squad was called into question prior to this summer’s European Championship but he was included in the group Roy Hodgson picked.

Rooney only played the full 90 minutes once in four games at the tournament and was benched for the final group fixture against Slovakia before coming on.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss also spoke about:

  • Managing world class players despite not winning a major trophy
  • Calling for a mid-season break
  • His “pragmatic” style of management and style of play
  • Players making their potential a reality

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