By Adebayo Williams
Former England assistant manager Gary Neville has questioned the Football Association over its payment of £1 million to ex-Three Lions manager Sam Allardyce as payout. The former Valencia manager said Allardyce had been found guilty of inappropriate conduct and therefore was not entitled to a payout. He also he was sure the former Bolton Wanderers manager was sacked and he did not resign as reports said.
Allardyce was caught on tape offering advice on third-party ownership of players which had been outlawed by the FA in 2008. He was also negotiating a £400,000 fee to travel to the middle east to speak at some football seminar. Big Sam as he is also called was taped blaming former England manager Roy Hodgson for the country’s disastrous outing at the European Championship in France. He also slapped Neville with the ‘bad influence’ tag saying he had been the bad egg in the team’s management.
“I don’t understand the ‘mutual’ aspect of Sam’s departure,” he said.
”He was sacked in my mind because there was no way Sam Allardyce would have walked in and handed his resignation in, everybody knows that.
”The question that needs asking more than anything is that the FA cited ‘inappropriate behaviour’, yet reports suggest there has been a payoff of a £1m. You have to ask why (there was a pay-out) if it was inappropriate behaviour?
”When you are setting the bar of moral standards, which is what the new regime are doing, that’s fine, nobody can disagree with it, but moving that forward is going to be interesting,” he said.
”This is a moral sacking, and when you take the moral exit route, particularly when you’re talking about the national game, you have to see it through.
”It will be interesting in the future when there are incidents like player or staff misdemeanour whether they follow through with the same actions, and that is sometimes difficult to do.
”If inappropriate behaviour means you’re going to lose your job then why was there, as is being reported, such a payoff?,” Mail Online quoted him as saying.
Hodgson and Neville handed in resignations following the Three Lions’ ouster from the Euros in the hands of Iceland. Gareth Southgate replaces Allardyce as coach although on an interim basis.