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In the aftermath of a newspaper investigation, Sam Allardyce has left his post as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association after one match and 67 days in charge.

Big Sam’s future became a major doubt on Monday when a popular London Newspaper, Telegraph, published the results of an undercover investigation that showed Allardyce negotiating a fee of £400,000 to represent an overseas firm that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers, before he had even named his first squad.

He was also accused of offering advice on how to “get around” the FA’s regulations on third-party ownership and made disparaging comments about former coach Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment.

After holding talks with Allardyce about the allegations on Tuesday, the English FA in a statement on its official website described Allardyce’s conduct as inappropriate. The statement also noted that Allardyce had accepted that he made a significant error of judgment and apologised.

Due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

In the meantime Allardyce has been replaced by former international and England Youth team coach, Gareth Southgate. This means Southgate’ll be in charge of upcoming qualifying games against Malta and Slovenia and also friendly games with Scotland and Spain.

Allardyce was appointed to replace Roy Hodgson following England’s disappointing outing at Euro 2016.

Before the England Job, he had previously coached Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland.

Allardyce’s only competitive game as the Three Lions’ boss was a 1 – 0 win against Slovakia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier fixture.


Author: Timilehin Boyinde

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