England manager Sam Allardyce has stepped down from his post after just one game in charge.
The FA announced both parties had agreed to part ways by ‘mutual consent’ following embarrassing revelations from a newspaper report implicating the manager in a attempted illegal transfer move.
Journalists from the UK paper the Daily Telegraph met the then yet to be appointed England boss, posing as businessmen. Allardyce then gave them some advice on how to circumvent FA rules to sign third party owned players.
The meeting was caught on camera and aside the advice on how to conduct illegal activity, Allardyce agreed to take £400,000 to represent the company to Far East investors and to be a keynote speaker at events. He also made fun of predecessor Roy Hodgson and the FA itself for the Wembley renovation project.
Allardyce met FA chiefs today after the scandal dominated the news cycle the entire day, and delivered a ‘sincere’ apology for his actions.
A statement released by the FA after the meeting announced the decision.
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.
“Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.
“The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”
‘Big Sam’, as the English manager was affectionately known, only took over in July, replacing Roy Hodgson who led the side to a pitiful last 16 exit from the 2016 European Championships. He took charge of only one game, a last gasp 1-0 win over Slovakia in world cup qualifying, and was in the job for 67 days. U-21 boss Gareth Southgate takes temporary charge of the senior team.