Tuesday 27 September 2016

Sam Allardyce Forced To Quit £3m-A-Year England Manager's Job That Lasted Just 67 Days Following Undercover Newspaper Sting

Sam Allardyce FORCED OUT as England manager after just 67 days following crisis talks at
Sam Allardyce has left his role as England manager just 67 days after landing his dream job.
The 61-year-old was forced out after only one match after waiting his entire career to become England boss.
'Big Sam' paid the ultimate price after he was filmed cashing in on his role with reporters posing as Far East businessmen.

He lost his job following showdown talks at Wembley this afternoon.
In a statement the FA said the 'manager of England respect for the integrity of the game at all times'. They described his conduct as 'inappropriate' and a 'serious error of judgement'.
Allardyce said he was 'deeply disappointed' by the outcome but admitted making 'some comments which have caused embarrassment.' 
Gareth Southgate will be put in temporary charge for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain. 

Allardyce left his home in Bolton shortly before 7am on Tuesday morning for talks with FA bosses. 
Chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn met with the former West Ham boss and emphasised they were extremely disturbed by the allegations held against him.
Allardyce defended himself by saying that during the sting he said everything needed to be run past The FA, but that wasn't enough to save him.
FA board members Dan Ashworth and David Gill were also consulted over the decision to dispense with Allardyce's services, but it was Clarke's voice which carried the most weight.

In their full statement the FA said: '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 FA wishes Sam well in the future.'

FA chief executive Martin Glenn added: 'It's been a very difficult 24 hours. In the light of the media allegations, we've concluded and Sam's agreed that his behaviour's been inappropriate and frankly not what is expected of an England manager...discussing a range of issues from potential contravention of FA rules through to personal comments that frankly just don't work when you're the manager of England.' 

FA chairman Greg Clarke said: 'There's no criticism of Sam's job. I thought he did a cracking job as England manager. He really lifted the team and was doing great work in building morale and strategy. 

'But the reality was after the revelations of yesterday and today his position was untenable. He admitted some of the things he said were foolish and we jointly decided it was time for him to move on. The tipping point was the discussion with Sam. He admitted doing things that didn't bring credit to the England manager. We discussed whether that was recoverable, we agreed that it wasn't and it was time for Sam to move on.' 

He added: 'I don't think it's embarrassing. I think it's rather sad. Sam was recruited in the right way...all the things that came out were after he joined us so we couldn't have found them during due diligence. It wasn't Plan A for sure.

'Gareth Southgate will do a good job and take over pretty seamlessly. We've now got to make the new plan work. The issue for us was the employee's behaviour and whether he could carry on after saying the things he'd said on television. He admitted that behaviour was foolish and put his position in jeopardy and we discussed it and he decided to move on.' 

Allardyce also released a statement. He said: '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.'
Following the decision, former England captain Alan Shearer said: 'Stunned. Staggering misjudgment by Sam. I thought post-Euros England had hit an all-time low but this has to be rock bottom.' 

He went on to say England were the 'laughing stock of world football'. 
Speaking on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand added: 'The rest of the football community are laughing at us. It has become comical, the England manager's role.
'He was the most passionate about getting the job but he has backed the FA into a corner.' 


On Roy Hodgson:

'He'd send them all to sleep, Roy. Woy. He hasn't got the personality for it.'

On where Hodgson went wrong :
'Players let him down in the end (at the Euros). I think maybe he was too indecisive. Cast a bit of anxiety over to the players maybe. I mean prior to the Iceland game, he won all 10 qualifiers. We'd drawn with Russia (in the first game), we should have won. We beat Wales and that was our worst performance. We drew with Slovakia and we only had to draw with Iceland to get through... he just collapsed.'

On Gary Neville and Hodgson arguing over Rashford:
'They were arguing for 10 minutes about bringing (Marcus Rashford) on (against Iceland), him and Gary Neville. So Gary was the wrong influence for him. ****ing tell Gary to sit down and shut up, so you can do what you want. You're the manager, you do what you want, not what anyone else (wants).'

On players being left out for their clubs:
'Can't play them then. Joe Hart. Jack Wilshere, on the bench for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench. You can play them, but they're not playing for the club. When they're not playing for the club, they're just short of match practice.'

On third-party ownership:
'It's not a problem… we got (Enner) Valencia in (for West Ham). He was third party owned when we bought him from Mexico.'
On his £400,000 deal with the fictitious firm:
'Keynote speaking, that's what I'd be doing, keynote speaking. I'm a keynote speaker.'

On rebuilding Wembley:
'They (the FA) stupidly spent £870million on Wembley, so they're still paying that debt off. They completely rebuilt it. If they'd built it anywhere else, it would have cost about £400m. They completely floored it and then rebuilt the new stadium which is fabulous, but that sort of debt is not really what you want. Most of the money the FA make will go to the interest on the debt.'

On the FA:

'They're all about making money, aren't they? You know the FA's the richest football association in the world? Well, I shouldn't say that. They're not the richest at all. What they do is they have the biggest turnover in the world with £325m.'
On the Duke of Cambridge failing to turn up at the launch of the Euro 2020 football tournament:

'The only one that never turned up was Prince William. He's our ambassador for the Football Association, so it would have been nice if he'd have turned up but he obviously had more, much busier things on.'

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