Sam Allardyce rumoured for new series of Strictly Come Dancing

Sam Allardyce Strictly Come Dancing

Lee reportedly let slip in an interview with Good Morning Britain that Big Sam will be announced as a contestant shortly, along with Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and TV presenter Anneka Rice.

“They are going to announce the first three people on a show called The One Show,” he said.

“It’s going to be Sam Allardyce, Jamie Laing and Anneka Rice.”

Allardyce, who has been out of a job since leaving Everton at the end of the 2017/18 season, was rumoured to be in line for a place on the show after holding talks with BBC bosses in April.

He wouldn't be the first person from the world of football to appear on Strictly: Peter Schmeichel, John Barnes, Peter Shilton and Robbie Savage have all given it a go in the past and none finished higher than sixth out of 14 contestants.

For now, file this under 'too good to be true'. But please, telly gods... 

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.