Sam Allardyce is hopeful of steering Sunderland to safety
Sam Allardyce, one of the favourites for the Everton job

By Alex Taylor

West Ham co-chairman David Gold believes former Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is perfect for the England job, because he is English.

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 has emerged as a potential front runner for the job after both Jurgen Klisnman and Eddie Howe have both been linked to the position.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him,” Gold told Sky Sports. “He is determined, he is ambitious. He’s been in the business a long time.

“I think the most important thing from my point of view is that he’s English.”

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The West Ham chief is not the only footballing voice to call for Allardyce’s’ appointment after Sir Alex Fergurson claimed he would be the obvious choice to land the role.

This comes just a year after the former Bolton manager was told that he wouldn’t be offered a new contract with the Hammers.

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, Hammers starlet Reece Oxford is attracting the interest of Premier League heavyweights Manchester United.