Sam Allardyce leaves England position following revelations

Date published: Tuesday 27th September 2016 7:50

Sam Allardyce: Leading the great escape

Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager after just one game in charge following damaging newspaper allegations, the FA have confirmed. 

Allardyce has lasted just 67 days in the top job, and failed to take charge of a single match at Wembley.

An undercover report in the Daily Telegraph claimed Allardyce used his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal and appeared to offer advice on how to circumvent Football Association rules on player transfers.

Allardyce, 61, was only appointed England boss in the summer – a job he has always made no secret of coveting – and won  his only game in charge of the Three Lions, a 1-0 last-minute success away in Slovakia.

An FA statement read: “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.

“The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”

England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take control of the senior side for their World Cup qualifier double-header against Malta, at Wembley, and away to Slovenia in October.

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