By Alex Taylor
Arsene Wenger spurned the opportunity to become the new England manager, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Arsenal manager had first refusal over the role, but chose to stay in north London and see out the final year of his Arsenal contract.
It is said that Sam Allardyce will be appointed as England’s second choice after Wenger let the opportunity to replace Roy Hodgson go.
The report says that a three man panel of technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill will tell the FA board on Thursday that Allardyce is their preferred candidate, following Wenger’s refusal to take the job.
The new boss has the backing of some of football’s biggest names and will now allow the FA to agree a compensation package with Sunderland for his services.
In addition to Wenger being approached, the governing body also held talks with Hull manager Steve Bruce.
The Frenchman was one of just a few top-level managers touted for England’s top job after Roy Hodgson resigned following a miserable European Championship campaign.
Allardyce is likely to earn less than the £3.5million-a-year Hodgson pocketed during his time as England manager, but will have the chance to earn incentive-based bonuses.