Sam Allardyce sets himself 2012 deadline to quit Blackburn and manage international team

28 July 2010 01:02
Sam Allardyce hopes to quit Blackburn for a job in international football - possibly as early as 2012.

Lip-smacking prospect: Sam Allardyce wants to manage at international level

The 55-year-old has been in charge at Ewood Park since December 2008 but does not see his stay there lasting as long as his stint at Bolton.

'I would like to coach a national team, if one came up, in another two years,' said Allardyce.

'Another two to three years in the Premier League is about what I want to do.

'We will see how far we can take Blackburn Rovers. We'll see if we can get them beyond where most people expect and then, after that, managing a national side would be very interesting.'

The European Championships in Poland and Ukraine take place in two years and Allardyce is no doubt hoping that he could replace a boss who will step down after then.

He was interviewed for the England post in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson left but the FA offered the job to Steve McClaren instead.

Allardyce managed Bolton for eight years and was in charge of Newcastle for a short spell before joining Blackburn.

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Source: Daily_Mail