By Tom Blackburn

Mick McCarthy has backed Sam Allardyce to replace Roy Hodgson as the England manager.

Allardyce had talks last week with the FA and has already received the backing of West Ham chairman David Gold and Celtic manger Brendan Rodgers.

In an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle, Ipswich manager McCarthy said that Allardyce’s track record suggests he will make an excellent England boss.

“Sam’s just been excellent, I think. I don’t know how many things he’s won. Promotions, stays in the league. He gets the best out of people,” said McCarthy.

“Somebody wants to write a CV for him. What’s his CV? He gets players for not a lot, he gets the best out of them and generally they get promoted, stay up or upset the apple cart with everybody else.

“He just gets the best out of people. Surely that’s got to be the remit of any manager.”

The top job in English football became available after previous manager Roy Hodgson resigned following England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland in the round of 16, at this summers European Championships.

Allardyce, who took the Hammers to 12th position in the Premier League in the 2014-15 season before leaving, has a release clause in his Sunderland contract.

He signed a two-year contract with Sunderland in October before steering the club to Premier League safety after suffering only one defeat in their final 11 league matches of the season.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also been linked with the job, but appears to be behind Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann in the pecking order.

The 61-year-old boss is not the only former West Ham manager to have been linked with England’s top job in recent years after Harry Redknapp was once favourite to land the role before Hodgson.

In other West Ham news,  their fans have reacted on Twitter to the horrific leg-break of Demba Ba.