Sam Allardyce has left his role as England manager after just one game following undercover investigations which revealed he was willing to advise investors on ways to ‘get around’ player transfer rules.
The 61-year-old was also apparently prepared to take a £400,000 payment to represent the investors as a keynote speaker.
Allardyce thought he was meeting with investors from a Far East firm who were interested in buying player’s rights, but they were actually undercover reporters from The Telegraph.
The former Sunderland manager was filmed telling the reporters that there were “ways to get around” player transfer rules, which ban ‘third party ownership’ in the Premier League.
Third Party Ownership (TPO) was banned in 2008, but Allardyce revealed that clubs were “doing it all the time” [breaking the rules], and his West Ham United side were involved in TPO when they signed Enner Valencia from Mexican side Pachuca – although they didn’t break any rules on that occasion.
Allardyce was also filmed mocking England predecessor Roy Hodgson, calling him “Woy”, referencing his speech impediment, and also took shots at Gary Neville – England assistant manager under Hodgson -, saying that he should have been told to “sit down and shut up” during Euro 2016.
There have been conflicting reports as to whether the man who once claimed he’d be suited to coaching Real Madrid left of his own accord, or was forced through the exit doors by FA chiefs Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn following showdown talks. The BBC have reported his termination was ‘mutually agreed’.
Allardyce does leave with a 100% record though, with one victory from one competitive fixture – a 1-0 win over Slovakia in England’s first World Cup 2018 qualifier.
Attention will now turn to who replaces the disgraced manager, with Steve Bruce and Gary Neville rumoured as leading candidates.