Allardyce: ‘Entrapment has won’; vows ‘never to quit football’

Date published: Wednesday 28th September 2016 9:34

Sam Allardyce has vowed to return to football management once the dust has settled over his departure as England manager.

Allardyce left his role as manager on Tuesday evening following an undercover newspaper sting by the Daily Telegraph.

After initially admitting his “deep disappointment” at losing the £3million-a-year role in charge of the national side, Allardyce has now spoken to Sky Sports News to give his version of the events that led up to how he got caught in the sting.

“Obviously I have to do this before I go away. On reflection it was a silly thing to do,” Allardyce said.

“I was trying to help someone out I knew for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgement on my behalf.

“Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that.

“The agreement was done very amicably, I apologised to the FA and to all concerned for the unfortunate situation that I put myself in.

“I have a confidentially agreement lads, I can’t answer any more questions just now, I’m going on holiday to reflect.

“I would like to wish Gareth [Southgate] and all the rest of the England lads the very best.

“Who knows, we’ll wait and see.”

Recalling an earlier conversation with Allardyce, Sky Sports News HQ’s Kaveh Solhekol said: “He says he is very hurt, he is extremely disappointed and is very aware of what he has done. He feels he has made a big mistake. In his own words, “it has been a huge misjudgement”.

“He is leaving his house this morning and we understand he is going to go on holiday with his family for at least a couple of weeks to just reflect on what has happened to him.”
“His explanation for this is all to do with a man called Scott McGarvey, one of the agents that set up the meeting.“Sam Allardyce says he first and foremost went to this meeting because Scott McGarvey is a person he has known for 20 to 30 years.
“He says he went because he knew Scott McGarvey was desperate to get a job from these people, who turned out to be undercover reporters. They were offering him a job with a salary of around £260,000-a-year and a company car.
“Sam Allardyce says that is why he went to the meeting and not because he was being greedy or wanted to earn more money. He says he was trying to do a friend a favour.”
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Allardyce, who counts Sunderland, West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton among his list of managerial roles, has told Sky Sports News HQ he will never quit football and believes he will return to management.

Solhekol continued: “As to his future, my understanding is that he will not quit football and believes it will not be his last job in football.

“He says football is in his veins and is not a quitter.”


Southgate in charge

England have turned to Gareth Southgate to oversee the next four matches in the immediate aftermath of Allardyce’s departure.

The England Under-21 boss, who knows many of the players well, will take charge of the following games before an announcement is made over a long-term successor.


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