Sam Allardyce is widely acknowledged within the game as one of the most progressive and forward thinking managers, embracing new concepts and technologies to create an environment which leads to success for his club.
Previously, Sam brought European football to Bolton Wanderers for the first time in the club's history. He has managed over 800 games at every level of the professional game for Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Sunderland.
Allardyce was born in Dudley, West Midlands in 1954. He has wide-ranging experience as a player, coach and manager.
As a centre half, he played for eight clubs - including Tampa Bay in America -after joining Bolton in 1973 and helping them win promotion to the top flight five years later.
He cut his teeth on the coaching side with Preston and Sunderland. His first managerial job was with Irish outfit Limerick.
Allardyce then had two-year spells in charge of Blackpool and Notts County, where he won the championship of the then Division Three in 1998. He returned to Bolton as manager in 1999.
The Trotters were promoted to the top flight in Allardyce's second season, having been successful at the second attempt in the play-offs, and remained in the top flight throughout his reign.
Bolton had to fight relegation in their first two Premiership seasons, memorably beating Middlesbrough to survive on the last day in 2003.
A losing Carling Cup final appearance the following season did not check the club's momentum and Wanderers achieved finishes of 6th and 8th in 2005 and 2006.
Bolton's qualification for the UEFA Cup, after finishing sixth in the Premier League in 2004-5, was the pinnacle of Big Sam's eight-year spell with the Lancashire club.
A brief subsequent spell at Newcastle ended in January, 2008. Allardyce has been touted for the England job on more than one occasion and is also a respected television pundit.
Following his appointment as manager of Blackburn in December 2008, Sam enjoyed early success, leading the team to 15th in the Barclays Premier League (2008/09) after the side were sitting in the relegation zone on his arrival.
In the 2009/2010 season, Sam guided Blackburn to the League Cup semi-final but his side narrowly missed out on a Wembley appearance to Aston Villa. Blackburn went on to finish in 10th place in his first full season in charge, achieving an impressive home record, winning half of their home league games. The University of Bolton awarded Sam an honorary doctorate at its summer Degree Congregation Ceremony on Thursday 15 July 2010.
After his spell at Ewood Park his next challenge took him to Upton Park. He enjoyed immediate success in his first season in charge by winning the Championship play-off final with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool. Later in their first two campaigns back in the Barclays Premier League, West Ham finished in 10th and 13th place.
Sam took over at Sunderland in the 2015/16 season, retaining their Premier League status with a 3-0 victory against Everton in their penultimate game of the season.
He was appointed as manager of England in July 2016.
Sam is also a long standing member of the LMA Executive Board.