Sam Allardyce’s England reign ended after 67 days with a 100% record, one game played and one win.
The job he’d waited for all his managerial life was brought to an abrupt end by ‘mutual consent’ with the FA, because he allowed himself to succumb to a newspaper sting that exposed his greed and brought his integrity seriously into question in his position as the national boss.
Allardyce, offered advice to undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph on how to circumvent FA rules on player transfers.
This advice gleefully offered for an alleged princely sum of £400,000. A fee that seems like pennies in comparison to the £3m a year, plus bonuses, that he had agreed in July to take him through to the world cup in Russia in 2018.
A statement released by the FA on Tuesday evening confirmed his departure.
“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 England job is now available once more, with Gareth Southgate now taking charge for the next four games against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain until a successor is found.