Sir Alex Ferguson has become the latest football figure to give 4/1 next England manager betting favourite Sam Allardyce his backing for the role.
“With Sam’s experience, he is the obvious choice. But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one,” the Scot told Sky.
“If it’s Sam, fine. But they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.
“Thank goodness I’m not making the choice because it’s a difficult one, but Sam’s the best English candidate because he’s in the Premier League.”
Despite the Old Trafford legend’s unimpeachable record in management, his votes of confidence in other bosses have seldom worked out that well for those concerned.
Former United manager David Moyes is the most well-known recipient of the chalice full of poison that is Fergie’s belief in his dugout chops.
It was Ferguson who reportedly called Moyes to his home in the first week of May 2013 and informed him ‘You’re the next Manchester United manager’.
Ferguson also spoke up on behalf of his one-time Aberdeen centre-half Alex McLeish, when his fellow Scot was appointed Aston Villa supremo, praising his ability to achieve success with modest means.
McLeish’s tenure at Villa Park was as short as it was stultifying, with the club drawing 17 of his 42 games in charge.
But, the none-more-decorated gaffer’s approval also has previous for weighing all-too-heavily on candidates for England’s national team.
The long-time United chief dubbed Steve McClaren “the man for the job” when his appointment was confirmed and railed against his ex-assistant’s detractors a year later, saying “I have no doubts about his ability, absolutely none”.
Ferguson even admonished the FA for their hastiness when McClaren was removed from the position after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
The Man Utd monolith’s latest tip for the top, Allardyce, heads the betting to be next Three Lions manager from Jurgen Klinsmann (7/1), Guus Hiddink and Glenn Hoddle (8/1), Harry Redknapp (16/1) and Laurent Blanc (20/1).
Meanwhile, Sunderland, the team that he led to Premier League survival from a precarious position last season, are seventh shortest in the 2016/17 relegation odds at 100/30.