With just a period of 67 days in charge and one match played, Sam Allardyce has left his position as the manager of the England national side by mutual agreement with the Football Association.
This came on the heels of a newspaper investigation allegedly quoting Allardyce as having offered advice on how to players transfer and how to get around the FA’s rules.
It has also been alleged that the former England’s boss used his role to negotiate an £400,000 deal to represent a firm in the Far East. The FA issued a statement describing Allardyce’s conduct as being “inappropriate” thereby placing Gareth Southgate in temporary control of the England’s National Side.
Whilst it’s not as bad as if Allardyce had been caught live betting on football matches, it still isn’t the ‘whiter than white’ the England manager needs to be.
“He accepts he made a significant error of judgment and has apologised,” the FA said. “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.”
Allardyce becomes England’s men senior team shortest serving full time manager after succeeding Roy Hodgson in July due to the disastrous performance of the team in France during the Euro 2016.
The meeting which brought about the sack of the former England’s boss was said to be recorded on camera and was caught in the net by undercover reporters who posed as businessmen. This was before his first training session with the team. Allardyce was alleged to have said during the meeting with the undercover reporters that it would not be a problem to bypass the rules of the FA on third party player ownership. He also claimed to be in the know of some agents who frequently did it.