Sam Allardyce Resigns as England Manager: Latest Comments and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2016

England's head coach Sam Allardyce looks on during the World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Slovakia and England in Trnava, Slovakia, on September 4, 2015.  / AFP / JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sam Allardyce resigned as England manager Tuesday after just one match in charge following a sting carried out by the Telegraph.

The FA announced the news of the 61-year-old's dismissal: 

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 Telegraph revealed Allardyce told undercover reporters posing as businessmen that FA rules on third-party player ownership were "ridiculous" and advised there were still ways to get around them despite 2008's ban on the practice.

He also negotiated a £400,000 deal to act as an ambassador for the businessmen representing "a Far East firm that was hoping to profit from the Premier League’s billion-pound transfer market" before he had taken a training session with England after his appointment on July 22.

Allardyce's exit had been expected after FA chiefs were said to be "extremely disturbed by the allegations" levelled at the England boss, per Martin Ziegler in the Times.

Allardyce commented on his resignation in a statement on Tuesday:

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.

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Per the Times' Henry Winter, a combination of all the comments secretly filmed by the Telegraph—which also included Allardyce mocking predecessor Roy Hodgson and slamming the FA over the Wembley rebuild—gave him only a 50-50 chance of survival in the England job.

And the FA has opted to come down hard on the former Sunderland, West Ham United and Newcastle United boss, dismissing him after he won his sole game in charge 1-0 against Slovakia on September 4.

Allardyce was appointed Three Lions boss after England crashed out of Euro 2016 in the summer to minnows Iceland and Hodgson resigned the post.

The hiring of the former Bolton boss was largely regarded as a practical if unspectacular move from the FA, per the Guardian's Tom Stevens and its readers.

Given England's consistent inability to play above themselves and Allardyce's record with helping struggling clubs avoid Premier League relegation, it seemed like a good fit.

However, the FA could not have legislated for its new man becoming embroiled in an off-field scandal so soon after his appointment, and it is now back to square one in finding a long-term replacement for Hodgson.

Per the FA, England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge, with the Three Lions' next match a FIFA World Cup qualifier with Malta on October 8. 


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