England must learn from ‘bitter’ Euro 2016 failure, claims Sam Allardyce


first_img Sam Allardyce 1 New England manager Sam Allardyce wants to harness the “bitter experience” of Euro 2016 to motivate his players on the road to the World Cup.Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor on Friday after compensation was agreed with Sunderland and he will go to work immediately on picking up the pieces of the Three Lions’ desperate showing in France.Hodgson’s England won just one of their four matches and hit a new nadir with a last-16 defeat to Iceland, but 61-year-old Allardyce has vowed to bring a sense of pride back to both the team and its followers.And rather than blotting out this summer’s disappointment, he wants it to provide the fuel.“I think first and foremost it’s about regaining, perhaps, a bit of confidence they have lost after the Euros,” he said in an in-house interview with FATV.“Let’s get started from day one. Let’s put that to bed, let’s start delivering, gain from the experience that you gained at the Euros.“It’s a very bitter experience as we all know but that inner drive…players should keep that, they should hold it and use it as a positive, say ‘we don’t want to experience that again’.“We are going to get into the qualifiers, try to qualify for the World Cup and when we go next time we’re better prepared, I think mentally, to succeed.”Allardyce, who has penned an initial two-year deal and has been tasked by the Football Association with helping create a strong national identity throughout the age-group sides, also outlined his best attributes for the job.As well as creating a strong personal bond with his players, Allardyce signalled his intention to surround himself with a backroom team of experts.News has yet to materialise about any appointments to work alongside the manager, but the recruitment of expertise is an area he prides himself on.Asked what he would bring to the job, he said: “Man-management, I think.“(And) creating a backroom staff that delivers a great service in all areas and departments. You have to manage that, not just manage players but manage staff, to delegate to them and give confidence to produce the qualities they have which are actually better qualities than me.“I love finding a person with greater qualities than me in their department and promoting their strengths. That gives me greater strength to do my job.”Those who are currently on the FA payroll will also be given an early chance to talk to Allardyce, who will schedule ‘think tanks’ to get a feeling for how the association operates.“The plans are to really get amongst the staff in all areas and play a way forward which I’m sure is not going to take too long…a little tinkering here and there with my ideas and what I want rather than what has happened before,” he explained.“Think tanks for me will be very important for staff who have experienced international football up to now, to talk to me about what their job is, how they do that job and that they deliver.“It’s for me to take that on board and try to package all that together, to try and deliver expertise in each area to get the team out and to pull all those departments together.”last_img

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