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Published: 10:10 | 12/7/16

Gold backs Allardyce for England job

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has thrown his support behind Sam Allardyce for the England manager's position.

Allardyce is one of the leading contenders to succeed Roy Hodgson but the Sunderland manager has yet to be contacted by the Football Association despite reports suggesting that he would be interviewed for the position this week.

Gold worked with Allardyce during his four-year spell as West Ham manager and he believes the 61-year-old is the ideal candidate to lead the national team.

"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him," Gold told BBC Radio 5 live. "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. Sam of course fits that bracket. You can rely on Sam meeting all those criteria."

Allardyce was interviewed for the England job in 2006 following Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure but he missed out when the FA elected to appoint Steve McClaren.

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