How FA Intends To Bring Ex-footballers Back To The Game

Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, FA, Ex-footballersThe Football Association has begun training of retired footballers aimed at preventing former England internationals from quitting the game.

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes is already taking part in a pilot FA programme, while contacts have been made with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard about getting involved in the scheme.

FA Technical Director, Dan Ashworth, said on Monday that “St George’s Park is very much open to ex-England players.

“We are keen to get more English coaches either working with our national teams or back into the Premier League or Football League as coaches and managers.

“I have been in regular contact with several current and ex-England internationals about a pilot programme.”

Individuals are assessed and then the FA puts together a learning programme.

For Scholes, the assessment would determine whether he has the right skills to coach other players how to pass the ball.

This would be based on his playing career which shows he has all the practical ability required to demonstrate the skill.

Sam Allardyce Steps Down As England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has stepped down as England manager after just two months on the job.

The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers boss was forced out after a newspaper sting filmed him telling undercover reporters how to bend rules on third party ownership of players.

He is alleged to have met the bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the English Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United manager is also alleged to have said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”.

He was also accused of using his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

An FA statement said Allardyce’s conduct “was inappropriate” and Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia next month.

“He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised,” the FA said.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.

“The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”

Sam Allardyce Has Been Appointed England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce, has been appointed as the new coach of the English national team.

The English Football Association announced this in a statement on Friday after what it called a comprehensive and structured process.

The 61-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract and takes up the position with immediate effect following a successful spell retaining Sunderland’s status in the Premier League.

Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium on Thursday September 1.

The FA said he was a unanimous choice of its three-man selection panel, comprising FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn, Technical Director Dan Ashworth and acting Chairman David Gill.

“Alongside his primary target of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Allardyce has a mandate to shape a strong, purposeful team identity and maximise the performance potential of a young, talented England squad at a major tournament.

“Allardyce is also charged with helping Ashworth integrate and strengthen The FA’s elite performance and coaching programme across the England senior and development teams at St. George’s Park,” the FA stated.

Allardyce said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. 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.”

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has expressed confidence that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.

“His excellent managerial credentials, including his ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance, made him the outstanding choice.

“That was underlined when we sat down to talk and we could not help but be energised by his personal perspective on England’s future and how it complemented the extensive work that we are looking to build on at St. George’s Park.

“Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.”

The former Sunderland Manager will select his first England squad towards the end of August ahead of the friendly on 1 September and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava three days later.

English FA To Confirm Sam Allardyce As New England Coach

Sam AllardyceSunderland Manager, Sam Allardyce is set to be named as the new coach of the English national team, after an FA board meeting at Wembley.

Outgoing FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, confirmed to Sky Sports outside Wembley ahead of Thursday’s board meeting that the three-man panel entrusted with appointing the new England manager have recommended Sam Allardyce.

“The three-man group are convinced (Allardyce) is the right man, and I would agree with them,” Dyke said.

The FA board are currently holding a meeting at Wembley, where the panel – Martin Glenn, David Gill and Dan Ashworth – presenting the case for Allardyce to the board.

“You’d have to ask them but as far as I understand it that’s the discussion. We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at the candidates and they’ve come back with a decision about who they think is the best man.

“We want to integrate the England team closer into St George’s Park and we’ve planned to do that for the past two years,” Dyke concluded.

Allardyce will replace Roy Hodgson, who quit in June after England’s surprise defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

The 61-year-old will leave Sunderland after nine months at the Premier League club. He has also managed West Ham, Newcastle, Bolton and Notts County.