Allardyce was targeted in a Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged
corruption in English football, and the departure of the 61-year-old after just
67 days at the helm was announced following crisis talks involving FA chairman
Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn.
"Allardyce's conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England
manager," read an FA statement.
"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.
England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior side
for the next four games in an interim capacity.
Allardyce described the Three Lions post as the culmination of his career in
football and his dream job, but it has ended in embarrassment and
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fg When replacing from Roy Hodgson in July, following an abject
Euro 2016 performance, he had denied the England national side was at rock
It seems impossible to reject the same contention now, as evidenced by the
grave language used by the FA.
soccer shoes "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," continued the statement.
legend white "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."
16 purecontrol red Allardyce gave a "sincere and wholehearted
apology" for his part in the messy divorce.
"Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part
company," he said in a personal statement on the FA website.
"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."
Videos released by the Telegraph show 61-year-old Allardyce appearing to make
a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters
posing as businessmen, with the newspaper having agreed to share more detailed
findings with the FA.
While Allardyce is seen talking in an unguarded and potentially damaging
fashion about his predecessor Roy Hodgson, former assistant manager Gary Neville
and selection policy involving individuals, the most serious issues appear to be
his apparent willingness to pursue a £400,000 deal to address investors in the
Far East and his views on the outlawed practice of third-party ownership.
black After apparently negotiating the lucrative payday – on top of
his £3million wage deal – to act as a "keynote speaker" to overseas investment
firms, Allardyce adds the caveat that he would have to "run it past the powers
That was clearly deemed too little, too late.
"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," Allardyce's statement continued.
"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
"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."
The England manager was filmed offering an account of how to circumvent
third-party ownership regulations, saying it was "not a problem" to get around
FA rules which stop third parties "owning" football players' economic
The controversial practice was banned by the FA in 2008 over concerns it
compromised the integrity of the game, as the third party could profit whenever
a player was sold.
He added an unnamed group had been "doing it for years" and "you can still
get around it", suggesting they employ the player's agents to compensate for the
fact they are no longer allowed to profit from each transfer directly.
"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 any more, because you
can't do that," Allardyce says.
"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."