Sam Allardyce leaves England job after 1 game and 67 days in charge

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Sam Allardyce leaves England job after 1 game and 67 days in charge

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Gaurav Banerjee


Sam Allardyce has left his post as the England manager following a sting operation where he spoke about how to bypass rules on third-party player ownership. Sam reportedly had used his position to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 with a football agency to secure an unnamed footballer's transfer.

“The FA can confirm that 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 judgement 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 whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.

“The FA wishes Sam well in the future,” The FA wrote in a statement published on their website.

In a shocking reveal by the newspaper Telegraph, Allardyce, who had succeeded Roy Hodgson as England's boss following their group-stage defeat in the Euro 2016, was caught explaining how to circumvent the rules of FA to buy stakes in Premier League clubs to two businessmen from Singapore.

Allardyce had also agreed to travel to Singapore in the meeting with the two men, which stretched across four hours. The Englishman was oblivious to the fact that he was being filmed as part of a 10-month long investigation by the Telegraph that has unearthed widespread evidence of bribery and corruption in British football.

The issue of “third-party ownership” in football has been described as “slavery” which allows companies to own a stake in a footballer. The FA banned this practice in 2008, and football’s world governing body, FIFA, followed in 2015 by banning the concept of third-party ownership.

Telegraph also reported that Sam had revealed to the reporters ways to circumvent the “ridiculous” rules put in by his employers. Allardyce also told the undercover reporters that third-party ownership was still possible in “all of South America, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, all of Africa” and that Ecuadorian player Enner Valencia had been under a third-party ownership agreement when Allardyce signed him for £12 million for West Ham from a Mexican club in 2014.

The report also spoke about Allardyce criticizing his predecessor Roy Hodgson as being “too indecisive” and his assistant Gary Neville for being a “wrong influence” on the squad which returned home after a defeat to Iceland and a draw against Russia in the group stages of Euro 2016 in France.

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