Salgado backs boss for England

Rovers defender talks up Allardyce's claims to top job

Allardyce: Possible candidate

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Michel Salgado believes Sam Allardyce would be the ideal candidate to replace Fabio Capello as England boss.

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The current coach of the Three Lions is set to step aside after Euro 2012, ending a four-year reign.

Speculation is already mounting regarding who will succeed Capello, with numerous names offered as possible choices.

Among those to have been mentioned in the past is Rovers manager Allardyce, who has plenty of Premier League experience behind him.

Spanish defender Salgado believes the Football Association could do a lot worse than give his boss a call when the job becomes free, with Allardyce able to boast all the attributes required to coach at the highest level.

Talent

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Who is better for England than an English manager who understands the English mentality and knows everything about the English game, its strengths and weaknesses?

"He did a great job with Bolton. He is doing a great job with Blackburn Rovers.

"He hasn't had the money to sign the big players. You know the talent of the manager when he has a small batch of players and you are a competitive team.

"The job he's done over the last few years has been magnificent. He is one of the reasons I came here to England. I spoke with Ivan Campo and he said to me: 'Go, because he likes to work with experienced players'.

"Sam was great. He told me, 'okay, don't hurry, take your time, get used to the British way of life and the club and the style of play because it is so different to Spain'."