Allardyce Disappointed at Early Termination of England Job
28 September 2016 Sports
Sam Allardyce says he is “deeply disappointed” to have left his role as England manager after just 67 days.
It came after a newspaper reported he had offered advice on how to “get around” player transfer rules.Sam Allardyce says he is “deeply disappointed” to have left his role as England manager after just 67 days.
It came after a newspaper reported he had offered advice on how to “get around” player transfer rules.
Allardyce made a “wholehearted apology” and said he recognized some of his comments had “caused embarrassment”.
The FA called his conduct inappropriate and said his contract was ended by mutual agreement. Gareth Southgate will be in charge for four England matches.
Allardyce was filmed by undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, who posed as businessmen for a meeting in which he reportedly said it was “not a problem” to bypass rules on third-party player ownership, and claimed he knew of agents who were “doing it all the time”.
It was also claimed that a £400,000 deal was struck for him to represent the company to Far East investors and to be a keynote speaker at events.
Allardyce also referred to his predecessor Roy Hodgson as “Woy”, making fun of his manner of speaking, and criticised Gary Neville, one of Hodgson’s assistants.
Further details of the Telegraph’s wide-ranging investigation are published in Wednesday’s edition of the paper – including a claim that eight past and present Premier League managers have been accused of receiving illicit payments for transfers.
Five of the un-named eight have denied the allegations while three are yet to comment, the paper says.
In a statement on the Football Association website, Allardyce said it had been “a great honour” to be appointed England manager and that he was “deeply disappointed at this outcome”.