Sam Allardyce loses England manager job following undercover sting

Allardyce was caught on camera offering "advice to businessmen on 'getting around' FA rules on player transfers"

BY Newstalk 20:02 Tuesday 27 September 2016, 20:02 27 Sep 2016

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*Updated 8.03*

England manager Sam Allardyce has parted ways with the England Football Association after he was filmed appearing to tell businessmen how to get around rules on player transfer payments.

Allardyce, who was only appointed England manager in July, was caught as part of an undercover sting by newspaper The Telegraph offering advice on how to get around player transfer payments and the newspaper claims a deal was struck with the England manager worth £400,000.

When asked about the rules, Allardyce was filmed on a hidden camera saying: "It's not a problem."

He told the reporters that an unnamed group had been "doing it for years" and "you can still get around it".

The Daily Telegraph has reported the FA has requested to see "the full facts in relation to this matter".

On Tuesday afternoon, Allardyce met with his employers at the Football Association as they considered whether to sack him, before releasing an official statement which said that the two had parted ways "by mutual consent".

"Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised," read the statement.

"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."

Allardyce has been in charge for just one match, a 1-0 World Cup qualifier victory in Slovakia courtesy of a late Adam Lallana goal.

Gareth Southgate will take charge for the games against Malta and Slovenia to come on October 8th and 11th respectively, as well as the next two games against Scotland and Spain as the FA look for the next England manager.

Read the full Telegraph report here.


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