It’s all but confirmed. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager.
Affectionately known as Big Sam, the 61-year-old has beaten off competition from Hull boss Steve Bruce.
England fans won’t need reminding of their team’s abysmal showing under Roy Hodgson at the Euros. He resigned just minutes after the final whistle blew on a 2-1 defeat to Iceland, remember?
As Sam Allardyce looks to take the team forward, Newsbeat looks back at his career, in pictures.
He started his playing career in the youth squad for his home town Dudley in the late 1960s.
He got his first professional contract at Bolton Wanderers, where, at 6ft 3in (1m 91cm), he quickly developed a reputation as a powerful centre-back, strong in the air and not shy of a tackle.
Image caption Like a leaping salmon
On the pitch, he was nicknamed “Super Sam Bionic Man”, in honour of his ability to absolutely clatter his opponents and get back up completely unharmed.
But he also had a lighter side and, apparently, was a big fan of westerns. Here he is dressed as, we’re guessing, Clint Eastwood.
Not content with being a bionic cowboy, he was a family man too.
He met his wife Lynne while still a youth player at Bolton and they got married in 1974.
They have two kids, who presumably are too big now for this sort of thing.
After seven years at Bolton, he had spells at Sunderland, Millwall, and even in America, with the fantastically named Tampa Bay Rowdies.
He joined Coventry City in 1983 and was made captain. He clearly took his duties seriously, even when it came to leading his squad in a ballet session.
We’re finally into the days of colour photography and Big Sam’s playing career is still going strong.
Through the 1980s , he featured for Huddersfield, West Brom and Limerick, before finishing his days on the pitch at Preston North End.
After spells at Limerick and Blackpool, Allardyce’s first big managerial success was with Notts County in the 1997-8 season.
He guided them to the division three title by a 19 point margin and, of course, celebrated with a cigar.
At the turn of the century, he took Bolton to the League Cup and FA Cup semi finals – and as a reward was offered a ten year contract with the club, which he took.
He set up wagers with his players and after his side beat Leicester 5-0 on the opening day of the 2001 FA Carling Premiership season, Big Sam and his staff were reportedly forced to eat sheep testicles. Nice.
He had the balls to stick with Bolton, though, and achieved his best ever Premier League finish of sixth in the 2004-05 season.
That won The Wanderers a place in Europe – in what was then called the UEFA Cup.
After leaving Bolton in 2007, Big Sam spent time at Newcastle and Blackburn, before taking on the West Ham job in 2011.
He joined Sunderland last year.
As for his playing style, throughout his career he’s been accused by some of encouraging boring, long ball, football – something that he denies.
He’s clearly not the biggest fan of diving though and laughed his head off at Swansea City’s Chico Flores when he took a tumble in 2014.
We’ll have to wait until September to find out exactly what he’ll offer. His first match in charge is a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
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