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Sam Allardyce is set to be interviewed this week for the England manager's job. With it has come a tsunami of social media activity, some almost violently opposed to his appointment. His supporters responded with the #RememberWhenAllardyce hashtag on Twitter, leaping to the big man's defence. We ask supporters of clubs who know Sam best whether it's a good move for the FA.

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Bolton Wanderers - @DownTheMannyRd

Yes

Simple answer to a simple question. Look at this tournament for your example. It's glaringly obvious why certain teams (Hungary, Iceland, Wales and Italy) have done so well; defensive organisation, tactical awareness and team spirit. Wales and Italy had certain degrees of success with variations of playing with 3 central defenders, Iceland and Hungary with a more tried and tested 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 formation. For all England's talent, they lacked Italian organisation, Welsh spirit and Icelandic never say die attitude. With a mix of his "old school" methods and cutting edge technological analysis, Allardyce will provide what Roy Hodgson could not for the Three Lions.

At the second time of asking, the FA should give Big Sam the job he should have been offered way back in 2006. He's never failed at club level, and we "little old Bolton" fans know exactly the damage he can do to the more favoured teams. Sam's the man.

Newcastle - @VStanton93

Yes

Of course Sam is the man for the England job!
One things for sure when you have Allardyce in charge of your team, results. Whether you're playing well or having the worst 90minutes ever, he knows a way to always grind out a result. the words passion & fight come to mind when describing his team's mentality, and as a Newcastle fan it was a shame to see him relieved of his duties so early, as no one can deny his managerial skills. Yes his style of play isn't always pleasing to the eye, but surely we'd all rather see positive results playing the ugly way, rather than dominating possession to then end up losing the game.
As hard as it is for me to say, he was the sole reason for Sunderland's survival last season (and our relegation) with a little help from Defoe as well, who I would love to see back in an England shirt.
A few of those games at the euros were crying out for a player like Defoe in the final minutes, a goal poacher. The same goes for Andy Carroll (who fits right in to the Allardyce way), throwing him on to bully defences would have been ideal and Big Sam will not be afraid to upset the so called "big names" within the squad, in order to get England competitive again at major tournaments.
He is without question the right man for the job.

Blackburn Rovers - @MikeyDelap

Yes

Given the names linked with the England job in recent weeks it hard not to feel Big Sam is one of the better options.

At Rovers he was hardly known for his easy on the eye football but he was known for getting the best out of a relatively average bunch of players and motivating them to perform often beyond the sum of their individual parts.

So despite the inevitable booing and hissing from some corners, yes I feel he'd actually make a very decent choice.


West Ham - @j_westerling

Yes

When Big Sam took over West Ham his appointment did not exactly inspire fans, including myself, who expected a style of football differing from the so called ‘West Ham way’.  This is perhaps not surprising given the reputation of Allardyce and the idealism of West Ham fans, however , Allardyce won me over to some extent by providing seasons peppered with wins against the big clubs set against a backdrop of football that, while not particularly exciting, was effective. Along with Allardyce’s, on the whole, astute signings (take Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate for example) the system West Ham used throughout his tenure meant we always stood a chance against whatever team we played, and could frustrate teams much better than ourselves.

An effective system and confident team selection is what England have lacked under Hodgson with performances appearing sporadic and wins accidental, and for these reasons I am inclined to agree with the various pundits who have supported Allardyce as the prospective England manager. In spite of this, at the back of my mind there are still doubts. England fans are quite similar to West Ham’s; passionate, optimistic, idealistic. I can imagine Allardyce’s time as England manager being similar to his time at West Ham; no doubt successful, but never quite enough to inspire those fickle fans.

Sunderland - @dreamcargoes

Yes

First there was Di Canio. Then, there was Poyet. Next, there was Advocaat. Finally, there was Allardyce, and this fourth annual 'rescue job' for Sunderland wasn't as last minute as most of those: he took over on the 9th October, when we looked more doomed than usual. Before Christmas and some crucial signings - Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff - we looked just as doomed. But then, the turnaround: 27 points from 19 league games in 2016. A new found solidity at the back clearly entirely due to the manager. Allardyce, a defender for Ken Knighton's Sunderland in the First Division, following promotion in 1980, further strengthened his standing on Wearside by extending our unbeaten run against local rivals Newcastle United to an unprecedented nine games, though didn't quite gain seven wins on the trot, due to a needless caution in tactics at St James' Park, with the Black Cats sitting far too deep in time-'honoured' Sunderland style in the second half. Yet, generally, he forged a spirited and somewhat more attacking side than we've been used to. In the 2014 rescue, Poyet, who took over similarly early doors, strengthened the defence, but goals were in short supply: 41. We managed to score 48 goals in 2015/16, with Allardyce, unlike his clueless predecessor, not posting Jermain Defoe out wide, but making the, erm, radical move of playing him as a striker...!

So, a fourth season on the trot where we finished with 38 or 39 points, yet, this time, it has felt tangibly different. How typically Sunderland would be it be, if the chance of a stable, solidly successful period in the club's history were snatched away by the intervention of that other underachieving 'giant', England?

So there you have it. A unanimous, if not surprising, yes vote. What you you think? Have your two penneth in the comments section below, and show your support by tweeting @LionofViennaSte with the hashtag #RememberWhenAllardyce.