Sam Allardyce is expected to be imminently named new England manager

Sam Allardyce’s appointment as England boss moved a step closer on Thursday but could not be confirmed despite a lengthy FA board meeting.

The 61-year-old continued to perform his duties as boss of Sunderland, who are understood to remain locked in talks over compensation with the Football Association.

Outgoing FA chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed that the three-man selection panel of chief executive Martin Glenn, FA technical director Dan Ashworth and FA vice-chairman David Gill recommended Allardyce in the meeting.

What was established in Thursday’s meeting is that Gill is now the FA’s acting chairman, having automatically stepped into the role as vice-chair, and the process of finding a new chairman is ongoing.

Dyke left the meeting with an FA blazer as his parting gift, and told Sky Sports News HQ that he remains disappointed that the number of English players playing in the Premier League was at an all-time low last season.

A routine FA council meeting will take place at Wembley on Friday, where members will be given an update about the search for a new chairman.

Source: Sky Sports