By John Keogh
One time manager of Limerick FC Sam Allardyce has been forced to leave his job as England manager after only one game in charge.
Allardyce has seen his contract with the Football Association (FA) terminated by mutual consent due to the revelations that came out after an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The investigation showed Allardyce negotiating a £400,000 fee to represent an overseas firm that wished to make money on Premier League transfers.
The Telegraph’s expose also saw Allardyce explain to the firm how they could get around FA rules with regard to third party ownership of football players. This all happened 10 days before he named his first English squad.
In the secretly filmed video, Allardyce also made derogatory comments about his predecessor Roy Hodgson and his assistant Gary Neville. He also criticised the FA and its chairman Prince William.
Allardyce signed a contract worth £3 million a year to take on the role as England manager last July following the country’s poor showing at Euro 2016.
He was deemed to be the man to turn England’s fortunes around following dreadful performances over the last 20 years.
However, he now won’t have the chance to turn their fortunes around after the FA met on Tuesday to discuss the allegations made in the Telegraph investigation.
After that meeting took place it was clear that Allardyce’s time as England boss was up after just 67 days in charge. His one game was a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia that England won 1-0.
Allardyce began his managerial career with Limerick FC in 1991. His time with the Super Blues was successful as he guided the team to First Division success in his one season at the club.
After leaving Limerick, Allardyce then went on to forge a successful managerial career having spells in charge of Bolton, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland.
Allardyce came out with the following quote today: “On reflection it was a silly thing to do,” he said. “I was trying to help someone out I knew for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgment on my behalf. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that.”
He added: “The agreement was done very amicably. I apologised to the FA and to all concerned for the unfortunate situation that I put myself in. “I have a confidentially agreement, lads, I can’t answer any more questions just now, I’m going on holiday to reflect.
“I would like to wish Gareth Southgate (his temporary replacement) and all the rest of the England lads the very best,” Allardyce concluded.