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Sunderland want new manager at 'earliest opportunity'

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Sunderland are hoping to appoint a new manager "at the earliest opportunity" after Sam Allardyce was confirmed as the new England boss.

In a statement, the club said:

Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect.

The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.

– Sunderland AFC

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Allardyce 'honoured' by England appointment

Sam Allardyce has been officially named as England manager Credit: Football Association

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

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Sam Allardyce arrives at Sunderland for training

Sam Allardyce arrives for training with Sunderland amid speculation that he will be named England boss on Thursday

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