Sam Allardyce left the England job over allegations he offered advice on how to circumvent the governing bodys rules on player transfers
Sam Allardyce, who had insisted he could succeed where so many others had failed in making England a force again in world football, has lost his job in the aftermath of an undercover newspaper investigation.
But the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United manager now finds himself hugely embarrassed after his departure was announced on Tuesday night, despite leaving with a 100% record following an unconvincing 1-0 victory against Slovakia in his only international match in charge.
Allardyces future was thrown into doubt on Monday night when the Telegraph published the results of an undercover investigation that showed him negotiating a fee of 400,000 to represent an overseas firm that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers, before he had even named his first squad.
A dramatic day began with the FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, and the newly appointed chairman, Greg Clarke, arriving at Wembley for a series of crisis meetings, as Allardyce set off for Wembley from his Bolton home. It ended with news filtering out to the media crews huddled outside that a deeply disappointed Allardyce had agreed to quit by mutual consent. He will be replaced for the next four matches, against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain, by the under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate.
Alongside a general impression of greed that will not have played well with fans or an FA workforce that has recently undergone a round of redundancies, there were specific issues in the taped conversations that the FA felt it could not ignore.
Allardyce also offered advice on how to get around the FAs own regulations on third-party ownership, was disparaging about his predecessor Roy Hodgsons speech impediment, said that assistant Gary Neville should sit down and shut up, and criticised the FAs stupid -Wembley redevelopment.