The chances of Sam Allardyce becoming the next England manager have been enhanced by his willingness to help the Football Association to mentor a young assistant who would be groomed as his successor.

The FA is keen to talk to both Allardyce, who left Sunderland’s training camp in Austria on Monday night, and Jürgen Klinsmann, the USA coach, about the vacancy created following Roy Hodgson’s resignation, but have been encouraged by the 61‑year‑old’s apparent enthusiasm for helping them to polish the next in line. Sunderland insisted that Allardyce’s early departure concerned ongoing discussions over potential transfers, with one source stating it was “business as usual”.

The club had earlier remained resolutely silent in the face of mounting speculation on Monday.

While formal contact between manager, club and the FA is still to be established, Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to coach his country and was desperately disappointed to lose out to Steve McClaren when the pair competed for the post a decade ago.