SHOCK: ALLARDYCE GETS THE BOOT AS ENGLAND MANAGER
Sam Allardyce has left his role as England manager just 67 days after landing what he described then as his dream job
The 61-year-old was forced out after only one match after waiting his entire career to become England boss.
‘Big Sam’ paid the ultimate price after he was filmed cashing in on his role with reporters posing as Far East businessmen.
He lost his job following showdown talks at Wembley this afternoon.
In a statement the FA said the ‘manager of England must…show respect for the integrity of the game at all times’. They described his conduct as ‘inappropriate’ and a ‘serious error of judgement’.
Allardyce said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the outcome but admitted making ‘some comments which have caused embarrassment.’
Gareth Southgate will be put in temporary charge for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.
Chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn met with the former West Ham boss and emphasised they were extremely disturbed by the allegations held against him.
Allardyce defended himself by saying that during the sting he said everything needed to be run past The FA, but that wasn’t enough to save him.
FA board members Dan Ashworth and David Gill were also consulted over the decision to dispense with Allardyce’s services, but it was Clarke’s voice which carried the most weight.
In their full statement the FA said: ‘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.’
FA chief executive Martin Glenn added: ‘It’s been a very difficult 24 hours. In the light of the media allegations, we’ve concluded and Sam’s agreed that his behaviour’s been inappropriate and frankly not what is expected of an England manager…discussing a range of issues from potential contravention of FA rules through to personal comments that frankly just don’t work when you’re the manager of England.’
Allardyce also released a statement. He said: ‘Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company.
‘It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.
‘This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.
‘Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.
‘As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.
‘I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals.’