first_imgSam Allardyce would be the ideal choice as England’s next boss, according to his former assistant Phil Brown.The experienced 61-year-old is the current favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who quit after the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Allardyce’s perceived negative style of management means he wouldn’t be a universally popular choice to lead the national team.But Brown insists the Sunderland manager, who missed out on the England job to Steve McClaren a decade ago, is just what is needed right now as he would restore much-needed passion to the side.“We lost our identity at the Euros,” Southend United boss Brown, who spent six years as Allardyce’s number two at Bolton, told talkSPORT.“Passion – that’s what was missing. We witnessed a great tournament by Wales and we witnessed great games from Ireland and Northern Ireland.“The one thing you associate with English supporters and the one thing you would normally associate with England players, would be the passion.“But we let ourselves down from a passion point of view, especially in the game against Iceland, and that’s unforgivable.“Sam wouldn’t allow that. If it happens once, it would never happen again with him.“These players need to understand that they represent their country.“Bring your quality and your little bits of magic, that’s what these players can do, but it’s the understanding of what playing for the badge is all about – that’s what Sam would bring.“He also just brings the common man to the game again. He was brought up in Bolton and spent the majority of his time in Lancashire.“It’s the common man who supports the game and it’s who you need to relate to, and I think that’s what Sam would bring as well.“I think he’s a prime candidate.”Asked if he believes Allardyce would take the job if approached by the Football Association, Brown added: “I think he would talk to the FA, yes. He’d be a foolish man not to because it’s been one of his personal ambitions for years.“When he got to the last two with Steve McClaren last time he was bitterly disappointed he didn’t get the job.“He has had a lot of criticism over the years and a lot of people questioning what his methods are but, as far as I am concerned, they are successful. The key factor to it all is being able to man-manage.“I think the job is his if he wants it, if you ask me. There aren’t many prime English candidates about.“The pinnacle of any manager’s career is at an international level. If your country comes calling, it’s a no-brainer.”last_img read more