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Allardyce leaves Sunderland for England job

22 Jul 2016
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He takes over as England manager with immediate effect after success with Black Cats

Sam Allardyce has left his position as manager of Sunderland after being appointed to take charge of the England national team.

The 61-year-old, who steered Sunderland clear of relegation last season after taking over in October, was the second-most experienced serving manager in the Premier League and the fourth-most of all time.

He has taken charge of 467 top-flight matches during spells at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland. 

He won six manager of the month awards and had a win ratio of 33.6%.

Allardyce was first manager in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers, where he spent much of his playing career, earning them promotion to the top flight at the end of the 2000/01 season, his second campaign in charge.

At Bolton he achieved a sixth-placed finish in 2004/05, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.

Most Premier League matches as manager

Manager P W D L GF GA Win %
Alex Ferguson 810 528 168 114 1627 703 65.2
Arsene Wenger 752 434 187 131 1410 712 57.7
Harry Redknapp 641 236 167 238 818 846 36.8
Sam Allardyce 467 157 129 181 557 637 33.6
David Moyes 461 190 129 142 624 543 41.2
Steve Bruce 392 110 109 173 402 515 28.1
Mark Hughes 384 139 103 142 488 502 36.2
Martin O'Neill 359 130 115 114 474 447 36.2
Alan Curbishley 328 108 85 135 381 472 32.9
Joe Kinnear 302 97 92 113 369 436 32.1

Shorter spells at Newcastle and Blackburn followed before he was tasked with returning newly relegated West Ham to the Premier League, with promotion gained at the first attempt.

He guided the Hammers to back-to-back 13th-place finishes.

When he arrived at Sunderland, they were 19th and five points adrift of safety.

With the help of new signings, Allardyce revitalised the side and they stayed up, losing once in their last 11 matches.

In a statement on safc.com, Sunderland said, "the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity."

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