England FA has confirmed that Sam Allardyce quits as England national team coach.
Sam Allardyce has exited his post as manager of England’s national team after just one game.
Allardyce has been in charge of England officially for 67 days only.
News of Sam Allardyce’s quitting came in late Tuesday evening.
Sam Allardyce Quits As England Coach
This is barely a day after talks between Allardyce and his FA bosses over allegations that he had discussed plans to circumvent rules on player transfers while speaking to undercover Daily Telegraph UK reporters.
Reports say “Big Sam” was caught on camera trying to use his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal.
According to the Daily Telegraph UK, Allardyce offered advice to businessmen on how to “get around” FA rules on player transfers.
He allegedly agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador for the “Far East” businessmen.
The report claimed Big Sam in the video explained to the “businessmen” how they could circumvent FA rules.
The English FA rules amended in 2008 prohibit third parties from “owning” players.
Unknown to Allardyce, the businessmen were undercover reporters and he was being filmed.
Big Sam departs by mutual agreement after winning his only game as coach, defeating Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier.
The English FA has appointed England U21 manager, Gareth Southgate as interim coach for the next four matches.
Sam Allardyce Quits, Replaced By Gareth Southgate
Southgate will begin his role with next month’s World Cup Qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
The full statement released by the FA read in full:
“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 judgment and has apologized.
“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.”
Watch a video of the secret interview as filmed by the undercover reoprters: