Outgoing FA Chairman confirms Sam Allardyce England appointment

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Sam Allardyce will be appointed as England's next manager at today's Football Association board meeting at Wembley, outgoing chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed.

Allardyce has been selected as Roy Hodgson's replacement by a three-man panel comprising FA chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth, beating out the likes of Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke

Reports suggest Arsenal's Arsene Wenger had been their first-choice but with no indication the Frenchman would accept the job, the Sunderland boss won out.

The meeting represents Dyke's final day in office after three years and, although he was not involved in the head-hunting process, he will be present as Glenn and Gill present their reasons for nominating Allardyce.

Asked if Allardyce was the man for the job Dyke told Sky Sports News: "Clearly the three-man group are convinced he's the right man and I go along with that, yes.

"We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at all the candidates, come back with a recommendation who they thought was the best man. They've taken that decision and obviously we'll agree with them.

"I think you'd have to ask them but as far as I understand it that's the discussion."

Once that is ratified the business of finalising the details will take precedence - with personal terms still to be settled and a compensation package for Sunderland among the outstanding issues.

All parties would prefer for a swift resolution, with the new Premier League season on the horizon and England's World Cup qualifying campaign beginning on September 4, but it is possible an official announcement on Allardyce's appointment may could be held up by negotiations.

The Black Cats, who appeared to have found stability in the dugout after several seasons of managerial strife, have already made their unhappiness clear and could hold out for a sizeable pay-off.