FA Fires Allardyce As England Manager


Dipo Olowookere

Mr Sam Allardyce has been sacked as manager of the English national football team for misconduct.  His sack comes after just 67 days in charge of his dream job.

Mr Allardyce was shown the exit door following an investigation by Daily Telegraph, which claimed he used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East company seeking advice on the transfer market.

The FA said in a statement on Tuesday that the 61-year-old former Sunderland coach acted “inappropriately.”

Mr Allardyce admitted he made an error of judgement and later apologised for this.

But the FA said it took the decision to let Mr Allardyce go so as to protect the integrity of the game.

“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,” the FA said in the statement.

It was reported that the money negotiated for would be paid for a series of visits and speeches, and though the former England coach made it clear to the meeting that any arrangement would have to be cleared with the FA.

Mr Allardyce was appointed as England manager in July 2016, following the departure of Roy Hodgson after the 2016 Euro in France.

As coach of the Three Lions, Mr Allardyce signed a deal of about £3 million a year.

Meanwhile, the FA has announced Mr Gareth Southgate, former coach of Middlesbrough, as the team’s interim manager.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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