Sam Allardyce or Steve Bruce would make great England managers, says Steve Harper

Former Newcastle United and Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper has backed Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce to become England manager.

Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce
Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce

Harper has worked under both managers in his time at Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland, and believes the Football Association could do a lot worse than turn to the two experienced Englishmen to replace Roy Hodgson.

“My last two managers were Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce and I’d be delighted to see either of them get it,” said Harper on talkSPORT.

“I know they’re good pals and they’re both very different, but they’re both very qualified to be given the opportunity. We seem to have tried everything else.

“People talked about how structured and organised Iceland were, and Sam would do that.

“I’ve played for him under two spells and he would give players that platform.

“My experience is he plays the system to suits the players he’s got.

“We do have an embarrassment of riches, it’s just finding a system to get the best out of them.”