SAM Allardyce has been ruled out as England manager because he would actually like to do the job, the FA has confirmed.
The Sunderland manager, who has a track record of taking teams who are not as good as they think and making them better, has repulsed FA chiefs with his enthusiasm and keenness.
A spokesman said: “He actually wants the job? He wants to be England manager? What’s wrong with him?
“Oh dear me no. No, we’re looking for a foreign manager with an impressive CV who is ideally still employed and not in the least interested in the position, like Arsene Wenger.
“After that we’ll try someone high-profile but unemployed, like Frank de Boer, then Louis van Gaal and Guus Hiddink both have the recent record of failure and huge salaries we’re looking for.”
The spokesman added: “The priority has to be getting the rights results in qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 in Qatar. We don’t want to go to either of those.”