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Newcastle boss Allardyce: FA must target grassroots

Sam Allardyce has warned the Football Association they need to pump millions into the game at grassroots level if they are to produce the England managers and players of the future.

Indeed, the Newcastle boss is concerned if they do not, the English game risks losing its identity.

"If this needs to be the short-term fix, then fine, if it gets us what we want at the top end," Allardyce said.

"But we should, as an FA now, be self-promoting and self-building.

"They are responsible for all football in this country at every level, and the reality for them is, once they have made this appointment at the top end, that should hopefully be put right in the near future.

"But then the main focus should really go down to the development of footballers, coaches and managers, British or English, for us to still have a dream that we can ultimately achieve.

"I am very fortunate as an Englishman to probably ride as the top manger of the top club in the Premier League.

"I am with one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, and it has taken me probably 16 years to get to this level.

"We cannot allow the young managers below to not have the dream of being able to either manage a top club in the Premier League or manage the national team.

"I think that would be very, very dangerous. If we carry on like that, we will end up losing our own identity.

"Hopefully, the focus will go into grassroots and development after this and they will pump the millions that is needed into that area now immediately so we can see the benefits over the next four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 years.

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