England manager Sam Allardyce's attempts to make Paul Clement his assistant manager have been blocked by Bayern Munich. The newly-appointed boss was keen to have the well-regarded coach among his staff, but the German club have instead insisted Clement focuses on his day job.
Clement is currently working alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern, having previously worked with the Italian at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. He is widely considered to be one of the brightest English coaches – but Allardyce's move to appoint him has been rebuffed.
Ancelotti is reported to be open to the idea of Clement joining England during international breaks. But Bayern, who recently lost Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, are not keen on the prospect of a job share and have instead told the Englishman he must make the Bundesliga club his priority, according to The Guardian.
Last season, following his sacking by Derby County, Clement worked on a informal basis for England's Under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate, before joining Bayern. Allardyce's offer of a coaching role within the senior set-up fitted in with the FA's intention to promote young English coaches.
Allardyce is currently preparing for the Three Lions' opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on 4 September. The former Sunderland manager was appointed as the new national team boss earlier this month and revealed he is looking forward to the challenge.
"I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted," hetold FA.com. "For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.
"I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud."