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Sam Allardyce should be England's next manager if the FA appoints a British successor to Roy Hodgson, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The FA have started the process of finding a new manager following Hodgson's decision to step down in the wake of England's 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16.
There have been calls for the FA to appoint a British manager, the FA are thought to favour an overseas candidate with FA chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth prepared to spend several months searching for the right man.
Ferguson agrees they should be casting the net wider in search of Hodgson's successor but believes Allardyce is the best English manager should they decide to appoint from within the Premier League.
“The problem is there was an expectation England would do well and because they didn’t, it’s all a bit flat. So they need to work out what the plan B is," Ferguson told Sky Sports.
“It’s very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam’s experience, he is the obvious choice. But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it’s Sam, fine. But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.
“Thank goodness I’m not making the choice because it’s a difficult one but Sam’s the best English candidate because he’s in the Premier League.”
Ferguson has repeatedly called for a winter break to be introduced to aid English teams in Europe and he believes the national team would benefit from a mid-season hiatus.
“The league programme English players go through – to then play a major tournament after that makes it impossible. In Germany they have a rest in December and January and teams who play in a better climate must be better prepared than English players," he explained.