Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce has outlined his future plans for the Three Lions, while also commenting on a potential mid-season break.
Allardyce, 61, recently parted ways with Sunderland to take up the vacant England post, after Roy Hodgson announced his resignation in the wake of England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit at the hands of minnows Iceland.
When asked what England fans could expect from him in the future, Allardyce told reporters: “My coaching technique is to try and give the players an opportunity to win a football match wherever they play, home or away, Wembley or not Wembley, and make them aware of the opposition which may change the style of how we play.
“The individuals and collectively as a teams are very important. The bonding of a team is exceptionally important while we are all together, trying to create a good team spirit and have some fun. The game of football is to be enjoyed and I have enjoyed my life in the game for many years now.
“As the pinnacle of my career, which this job is, I want to enjoy this the most with everybody who works with me and works around me.”
Allardyce also commented on the suggestion that the England job is a “poisoned chalice”, that managers are best off avoiding.
He added: “Not for me. I’m hardened over many, many years. You toughen yourself for whatever job you take because you take the good with the bad. Otherwise you don’t do it. Don’t bother.
“I’m here because I want the challenge, because I think I can make the team better and I think I’m tough enough to take it so bring it on lads.”
The former Black Cats boss, meanwhile, weighed in the recent calls for the Premier League to introduce a winter break.
Having previously backed calls for a mid-season break, Allardyce’s position has not changed since he accepted the England role. In fact, he believes a winter break would be a massive benefit to the Three Lions.
“I have been an advocate of that for the last ten years. The demand physically and mentally on players is enormous,” he said.
“Obviously it is the best league in the world, the biggest brand in the world and creates the most money. I suppose the demand has to be on the players for that then.
“But it would help the Premier League and it would help us at international level if that was one of the first things we could try and achieve.
“In my time, January and February was always the most difficult time to try and get the players through.”