I’d LOVE to be involved with England, former Allardyce assistant tells talkSPORT

first_imgNeil McDonald has told talkSPORT he would love to get the call from Sam Allardyce to take up a coaching role with England following the 61-year-old’s appointment as manager.Allardyce was confirmed as Three Lions boss on Friday, leaving his role at Sunderland to sign a two-year deal which takes him through to the end of the 2018 World Cup.He has yet to decide upon his backroom staff, and McDonald, who worked under Allardyce at Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham, is hoping he is contacted and asked to link up with the England coaching team.Speaking to Drive, the 50-year-old who left his job as Blackpool manager in May, said: “I speak to him [Allardyce] on a regular basis; I spoke to him at the end of the season but his phone’s been hot because he’s obviously busy.“Do I wait for the phone call?“I hope it comes, because I’d love to join up with them and I’d love to be involved with the England team.”As Allardyce has utilised similar coaching structures at all the clubs he has worked at, there could be disagreements between him and the FA if they attempt to force certain people into his coaching team, rather than allowing him to hire those he knows suit his methods.However, McDonald is sure the manager will be able to compromise, as long as everyone brought in is up to the job.He added: “You find a balance, but the people he brings in have got to be fully qualified. They’ve got to have done the job and have experience of coaching.“It’s easy to have a [former] England international come in and stand around, but he likes people to get involved and earn their crust.“He delegates to the staff, so whoever is brought in has to do the job they’ve been brought in to do.”last_img

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