Sam Allardyce is set to be announced as the new England boss today after the FA agreed a compensation package.
Reports say the FA is poised to announce Big Sam as the new England manager after a compensation package worth a reported £3million was agreed with Sunderland.
That will clear the way for the appointment to be confirmed.
As reported in today's Echo, Allardyce spent all day at the Academy of Light yesterday, despite being offered the England job on Wednesday night on the eve of Sunderland’s friendly victory at Hartlepool United. He was at the training ground again on Friday morning.
The Echo understands personal terms are not an issue for the 61-year-old, but Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is demanding a hefty compensation package after being infuriated by the FA’s protracted pursuit of Allardyce.
Despite less than a year remaining on Allardyce’s Sunderland contract, the Black Cats are looking for in excess of £2million compensation for the loss of their manager, due to the disruptive effect on the club’s pre-season preparations.
Sunderland travel to face Rotherham on Saturday afternoon in their second pre-season friendly before the squad jets out to France on Sunday for a week-long training camp and three friendly fixtures.
David Moyes is poised to take over from Big Sam when his departure is officially confirmed.
Sunderland are thought to have held advanced discussions with Moyes and an agreement with the ex-Manchester United manager is close to completion.