José Mourinho: Big Sam is ready for the ‘big one’

‘I think he can create a good team spirit with his player and I wish him the best’

Manchester United manager José Mourinho believes Sam Allardyce is the best man for the England job and more than ready to take the "big one".

A humiliating early exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 prompted Roy Hodgson’s resignation and threw the Football Association into its latest tailspin.

Allardyce is now poised to replace Hodgson after a three-man FA panel containing chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and vice-chairman David Gill concluded its interview process.

Two-and-a-half years ago Mourinho criticised Allardyce’s West Ham side for playing “19th-century football” when frustrating Chelsea, but the United boss believes the FA has made a wise choice.


“Well, it is your country and I think you are a complicated country for the person that gets the job,” Mourinho said in Shanghai.

“I think he’s the right person for that, yes. I think he is a good choice but I think he needs support and I think you can do better in respect to that because my experience in your country shows that me you, (the) football world, could do a bit better.

“I think Sam never had the big chance at the highest level — lots of experiences in the Premier League but never that big one.

“And now he has the big one, so I think he is more than ready. I think he is a good motivator, I think he can create a good team spirit with his player and I wish him the best.

“From my side, not just as a friend but my side as Man United manager, the only thing I can promise is that I am going to try to support him the best way, prepare the players for him, try to have the English players always available in a good condition to help him.

“I hope you can do the same because it’s your time. In Portugal we were waiting and waiting and finally we got it. I think it is time for you because ‘66 (when England won their one and only major international trophy) was a long time ago, so good luck Big Sam.”