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'Big Sam will give confidence'

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England players will be given greater confidence on the pitch under Sam Allardyce, says his former assistant manager Neil McDonald.

Allardyce's appointment as England boss is close to being agreed, but has not been confirmed despite a lengthy FA board meeting on Thursday and a compensation deal with Sunderland set to be finalised.


McDonald worked alongside Allardyce as first-team coach at Bolton followed by assistant manager roles at Blackburn and West Ham, and he backs his former boss to get England playing well as a team.

"He'll bring the confidence out of the players," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"They'll certainly have a role and responsibility, they'll have an idea on what distances, what fitness stats, how many passes they're going to make and when they're going to make it.

"But at the same time [he'll get the players] to express themselves because they're good players and that's why they play for England."

McDonald, who was last assistant to Allardyce from 2011 to 2015 at West Ham, says he would love the opportunity to be re-united with the 61-year-old at the national level.

He added: "Yes it would be great [to work with Allardyce again].

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"Working with him is a pleasure, he lets you get on with your job. He delegates to his staff very well but everyone knows who the manager is.

"He's a leader and inspires everybody to do the job as well as they possibly can. Over the last few years they've had that success and it would be great to work with him again."

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