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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Allardyce surprised by Dein role
Sam Allardyce
Allardyce was turned down in favour of Steve McClaren
Sam Allardyce has questioned Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein's influence on the Football Association board.

Dein was part of the six-man panel who interviewed Bolton boss Allardyce for the England coaching job.

"I don't know how much power David Dein has but he obviously has a great influence at the FA," said Allardyce.

"One minute he had nothing to do with it the next he was on the top table interviewing candidates. You'd have to ask them how that came about."

Allardyce said he has no doubt that Dein did his best to steer the selection panel away from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the England post.

In an interview with the News of the World, Allardyce added: "We do know one thing, he wouldn't want the rest of the committee to go for Arsene Wenger.

"I am sure he would have batted that back with as much vigour as possible."



SEE ALSO
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29 Apr 06 |  Internationals


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