By Adebayo Williams
Sam Allardyce has resigned as England manager following a video showing him making inappropriate comments about the Football Association and negotiating a dirty deal to make close to £400,000. The former Bolton boss was filmed offering disguised reporters advice on how to bypass the FA’s transfer rules. He had also launched verbal attacks at his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, blaming him for the Three Lions shameful exit from the 2016 European Championships in France.
His resignation was confirmed by the FA on Tuesday via a statement.
“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.
“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,” it read.
Allardyce had enjoyed just 67 days in charge and had been preparing to face Malta in the same Wembley Stadium he had labelled a waste of time. The 61-year-old was appointed to succeed Hodgson after the latter resigned following a dismal outing at the 2016 Euros. He ahd told reporters that the job was his dream and made him feel complete as a manager.