ENGLAND MANAGER BIG SAM ALLARDYCE TERMINATED

Former England manager Sam Allardyce

England manager Sam Allardyce’s tenure and dream job has abruptly ended after only 67 days in charge due to allegations he had “offered advice on how to circumvent the Football Association’s rules on player transfers”.

Sixty-one year old Allardyce lost his job that pays around £3m-a-year, plus bonuses, on the contract he signed in July that ran until the much anticipated 2018 World Cup Final in Russia. The FA and Allardyce mutually agreed to terminate his contract following conduct judged to be 'inappropriate of the England manager'.

A statement by the Football Association governing body was released on Tuesday.

“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.”

Apparently Allardyce was using his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal “to address investors in a Far East firm”. However reportedly Allardyce said he would “have to run it past the powers that be” before committing to any deal.

Today Allardyce released a statement regarding his termination.

“Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company. It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome,” said Allardyce. “This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions. Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA's full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused some embarrassment. As part of today's meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.”

England U21 coach Gareth Southgate will step in as interim manager for four games while the FA considers other candidates including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alen Pardew, Steve Bruce, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Neville, Glen Hoddle, Slaven Bilic, Roberto Mancini, Claudio Ranieri, Arsene Wenger, and Eddie Howe amongst others. Southgate previously turned down the job.

Here is the released FA statement confirming Sam Allardyce’s termination.

“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.

“Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA begins its search for the new England manager. The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”

Former Sunderland, Bolton and West Ham manager Southgate originally turned down the England manager position since he believed he lacked the relevant experience for the job. Southgate takes the reigns only five days remaining before Allardyce was due to announce his senior squad for the forthcoming games.

England manager, Big Sam, was filmed offering advice to undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph on how to circumvent the FA’s rules on player transfers. The Daily Telegraph released the transcripts from two meetings to the FA.

Big Sam was filmed telling undercover reporters posing as businessmen that it was “not a problem” to get around 2008 FA rules which prevent parties “owning” football players’ economic rights. Allardyce told the phony reporters that others had been “doing it for years” and “you can still get around it”.

“You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you’re not getting a part of the transfer fee any more, because you can’t do that,” Big Sam was filmed saying. “But, you get – because of the size of the contracts now, the contract will be worth £30m, £40m, at 10% and you’ve done a deal with the agent where you’re getting 5% of the agent’s fee, which is massive for doing about two hours’ work.”

Big Sam who was formerly was employed as manager of Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland won his only game in charge of the England national team 1-0 against Slovakia last month due to an injury-time goal from Liverpool's Adam Lallana in the first of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Allardyce was planning to announce his side for the next round of qualifiers on Sunday however Southgate will fill in for four matches against Malta at Wembley (8 October), Slovenia away (11 October), Scotland at home (11 November) and Spain in a friendly (15 November).

See related article: 2018 World Cup England Squad Named by Sam Allardyce

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