The Dugout - Allardyce: St George's Park hugely influential

Exclusive: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says the opening of St George's Park in Burton will have a "huge" influence on the development of English coaches, even if it came "20 years too late."

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The Football Association's new national football centre has been some time in the making - the site was purchased back in 2001 - and was opened to much fanfare on October 9 to finally show return on an investment of £105 million.

The state-of-the-art venue has a remit to produce more technically adept and creative young English players, but also to vastly improve the standard of coaching in English football by creating a central hub for education and development. St George's Park has a stated aim to promote possession-based, technical football.

With nearly 20 years' experience of professional management, stretching back to his appointment at Blackpool in 1994, Allardyce speaks with some authority on the subject of coaching and is optimistic that St George's Park will have an enduring legacy.

In an interview with Eurosport-Yahoo!, which you can see in full above, Allardyce says: "It will have a huge [influence over coach education]. I think it is about 20 years too late but it is here at last. We have a home, we have our own base we can train and educate ourselves."

According to Allardyce, the Premier League also needs a larger contingent of English players if the national team is to flourish in future.

Discussing Roy Hodgson's chances of succeeding at the World Cup, should England qualify, he says:" If they get to the quarter-finals it will be a great achievement.

"I think that beyond that, today, until we start breeding and developing more and more English players for the English team then we are going to fall short of ever thinking about winning the World Cup again, as we did in 1966."

Allardyce also discusses Andy Carroll's hopes of regular football for England following his loan move from Liverpool to West Ham in the summer. You can watch the full video above.

On Friday, Allardyce goes in depth talking about West Ham in the second part of our exclusive interview.

Sam Allardyce was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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