Allardyce keen on ex-Liverpool assistant
Sam Allardyce is keen on appointing ex-Liverpool assistant Sammy Lee as his no.2 at England.
Wembley insiders understand the new England boss is keen to reform a hugely successful partnership in two years at Bolton Wanderers.
Lee would also bring the experience of being a former England international, having represented his country 14 times when he was a key member of one of the great Liverpool sides.
The 57-year-old became a part-time England coach under Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2001 and left a first-team coaching position at Liverpool to go full-time in July 2004.
He was offered the chance to become manager of England’s Under 21 side by Steve McClaren in 2006, but opted to leave the national set up to work full-time as Allardyce’s assistant at Bolton.
Lee is currently out of work after leaving Southampton earlier this month following the departure of Ronald Koeman and the appointment of new manager Claude Puel.
Allardyce was announced as Roy Hodgson’s replacement on Friday after the FA were able to agree compensation with Sunderland.
The 61-year-old is understood to have negotiated a two-year contract worth around £3million a year, with a further two-year option.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10