Former Leeds United boss Sam Allardyce throws hat into the ring for international job

-Credit: (Image: PA)
-Credit: (Image: PA)

Former Leeds United boss Sam Allardyce has hinted he would love to return to management for the Wales job. The Red Dragons are searching for a new manager after parting company with Rob Page after three years following their failure to reach Euro 2024.

Page was shown his marching orders following a string of poor results, culminating in a 0-0 draw with UEFA minnows Gibraltar and a subsequent 4-0 defeat by Slovakia ahead of Euro 2024, which Wales missed out on after losing to Poland in the play-offs. Allardyce and Thierry Henry are among the bosses to have been linked with the vacant manager's role.

Allardyce has been out of work since his brief Elland Road spell in the closing weeks of the 2022/23 campaign. His interim stint lasted four matches but Allardyce was unable to keep the club in the Premier League.

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When asked about the possibility of another crack at international management, Allardyce told the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast: "I've had quite a few Welsh coaches and know them quite well. You never know if you get on the shortlist for an interview.

"I'd always take an interview, I wouldn't turn an interview down. You've got a team that's done brilliantly over the last few years but who are the next generation? Where is the next Gareth Bale? Teams like that always have to have one special player.

"With other countries they have one special player who can actually make the expectations for the nation greater than what they think because they can win a game any time."