“Entrapment Has Won…” According to the 67-Day England Manager, Sam Allardyce

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67 days into his self-proclaimed ‘dream job’, Sam Allardyce has mutually parted ways with the FA and England manager job – pocketing a £1m payout.

The former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland man was filmed by undercover journalists from the Daily Telegraph posing as businessmen. Allardyce was recorded and subsequently published confidently telling the ‘businessmen’ how to avoid third-party transfer fees as well as various other controversial comments.

Following the embarrassment of Roy Hodgson’s England’s Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, Allarydce was put in place in July to take England forward at least to the next major tournament.

The Daily Telegraph claim the undercover recording was part of a 10-month investigation into bribery and corruption in football. Allardyce was recorded saying ‘not a problem’ when referring to getting around FA rules stopping third parties owning football players – a practice banned by the FA since 2008 following concerns it compromised the integrity of the sport and the players rights.

He also commented in the recording, “You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you’re not getting a part of the transfer fee anymore, because you can’t do that…But, you get – because of the size of the contracts now, the contract will be worth 30, 40million, at 10 per cent and you’ve done a deal with the agent where you’re getting five per cent of the agent’s fee, which is massive for doing about two hours’ work.”

Allardyce was also heard talking detrimentally about the erstwhile England manager Roy Hodgson, referring to him as ‘Woy’. If that wasn’t enough he also spoke about his (now former, but then future) employers, the FA, saying, “They’re all about making money aren’t they…They stupidly spent £870million on Wembley, so they are still paying that debt off.”

After being summoned by the FA yesterday afternoon to discuss the revelations, it was announced that both parties had mutually agreed to terminate his contract. This was confirmed in a statement released on Tuesday evening by the FA:

“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.”

The FA’s CEO Martin Glenn spoke about the Allardyce situation saying, “It’s a painful decision but the right decision if we’re to protect the integrity of The FA.”

Allyadyce was pictured leaving the FA headquarters without comment, however, has spoken to reporters outside his family home today:

“On reflection it was a silly thing to do but I helped out someone I have known for 30 years.”

“It was an error in judgement and I paid the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that. The agreement was done very amicably with the FA and I apologise to those and all concerned in the unfortunate position I’ve put myself in.”

“I have a confidentiality agreement and I can’t answer any more questions. I am going to go and reflect on it. I would like to wish Gareth and all of the England lads the best.”

He was also asked if this would be his last job in football, he replied, “Who knows. We’ll wait and see.”

Having narrowly won his first and only game as England manager, Sam Allardyce now ironically overtakes Fabio Capello as the most successful England manager of all time with 100% win accuracy.

The FA announced that the current u-21 manager, 46 year-old Gareth Southgate will take over the senior team reigns for the next four games, starting on 9th October at Wembley versus Malta in a World Cup qualifier. Thanks to this decision, Southgate has rocketed to the top of the bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Allardyce on a full-time basis after these four games. After Malta, England take on Slovenia on 11th October. The squad then meets a month later to play Scotland in another qualifier as well as a friendly against Spain. However, after that the squad doesn’t get together again until March. Therefore, the FA have bought themselves as much time as possible to ensure they make the correct decision.

Others in the frame for the role are Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Steve Bruce who were both considered when Allardyce was appointed. As well as those two, Alan Pardew, Jurgen Klinsmann, Arsene Wenger and former England manager Glenn Hoddle are all set to be considered.

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