England Fire Manager Sam Allardyce After 67 Days on the Job
Sam Allardyce has been sacked as manager of the England national team after being caught in tape offering advice on how to circumvent FA rules on player transfers.
Allardyce, who replaced Roy Hodgson on his “dream job” following England’s poor showing at Euro 2016, vacates after two months and one game in charge, the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia.
The announcement was made after the former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss met with FA’s chairman, Greg Clarke, and other bigwigs at Wembley stadium on Tuesday to clarify his position, Mirror reports.
An FA statement read: “The FA can confirm Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager. Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgment and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”
England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has been asked to take over for the next four matches while the FA begins its search for the new England manager.
Allardyce confirmed the statement and said he “regretted” any embarrassment his error may have caused.
“The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company,” Allardyce said.
“It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.
“I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals.”
In a sting operation by Telegraph, Allardyce agreed a £400,000 bogus contract to do after dinner speaking and made damning remarks about FA and Fifa rules to two undercover reporters posing as businessmen.
He also mocked his predecessor Hodgson’s speech impediment and suggested that Gary Neville should have been slammed.
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