Sam Allardyce - May 23, 2017
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Euro coaches Sam Allardyce, Laurent Blanc angling for USMNT coaching job

That didn't take long.

Former US national team head coach Bruce Arena tendered his resignation on Friday, October 13 and mere days later the first names have begun to surface of coaches said to be interested in the vacant post.

Sources have told ESPNFC that former English Premier League head coach Sam Allardyce (photo above) feels he can restore the US to its previous position of dominance in CONCACAF. 

Meanwhile, France Football claims that former Paris St. Germain head coach Laurent Blanc (photo below) "would not be indifferent to the challenge" of taking over the USA.

While Allardyce last led Crystal Palace to relegation safety last May, Blanc hasn't managed since finishing out the 2015-16 season with PSG. Allardyce, who infamously left his post as England manager after just 67 days in the aftermath of an undercover media investigation, indicated in summer that he would not be pursuing another club job.

On October 13 US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said that he would name a caretaker head coach to lead the USMNT in November and that the US Soccer Federation would take their time in hiring a permanent replacement for Arena.

“We’ve got two different processes," Gulati said. "One is a short-term process about who’s going to take the team in November and then a longer review of the program and decisions about long-term planning for the coach. We don’t need a long-term four-year commitment to a coach by February or March. I'm not saying that won't happen, but it’s not necessary. We need someone to guide the team in November and that's a much easier, straightforward decision because it's a short-term situation."

The US announced that they will be traveling to Portugal to face Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. in an international friendly on November 14.

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