Sam Allardyce is already thinking about his next career move.
USA, get ready.
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Allardyce, 61, was England manager this time last week but left his position after being filmed in an undercover investigation by The Telegraph talking about how to circumvent FA rules about transfers, plus also saying far from complimentary things about key figures in the game such as Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and others.
According to an earlier report in the Daily Mirror, Allardyce is now looking to kick-start his career in the USA following his disgraceful departure from his “dream job” as England boss.
Per the report, Allardyce is said to be keen to return to the U.S. after he played in the NASL for the Tampa Bay Rowdies back in 1983. Allardyce has often spoken fondly of soccer in North America and revealed in his recent autobiography that he’d love to manage in MLS one day. Maybe that day has arrived?
Well, all of this no so subtle hinting from Allardyce’s camp has led to some people putting two and two together as incoming MLS franchise Minnesota United FC is reportedly looking at appointing a new head coach ahead of its inaugural campaign in 2017. With current coach Carl Craig not certain of a job, there have been some rumors circulating that Allardyce could be offered the gig in the Twin Cities.
Would hiring a manager with a ruined reputation really be a good PR move for an incoming MLS franchise? Perhaps not. That said, Allardyce has coached at the elite level in England for many years and up until a very poor judgement call on meeting with a fictitious Far East company which turned out to be undercover reporters, he was England’s much-lauded national team manager. That said, it seems like Minnesota is more intent on hiring a manager with MLS experience, something Big Sam obviously doesn’t have, and linking him with this job seems way out of left field.
What are the attractions of MLS for Allardyce?
After being caught up in the scandal in England, he’s likely to want a fresh change and to try and rebuild his career thousands of miles away from home. Let’s face it, he won’t get another job in England for a while, if ever. It would also make sense for him to try and get back to work as soon as possible so he can move on as quickly as possible.