Sam Allardyce Fired As England Manager Following Undercover Sting

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Sam Allardyce and the Football Association have agreed to part ways following a scandalous revelation from The Telegraph.

The paper recently published details of a 10-month investigation, with the smoking gun being a video of Allardyce telling undercover reporters (who he believed were Asian businessmen) that we wanted £400,000 annually to instruct them on how to bypass FIFA’s 2008 ban on third-party player ownership.

“You can still get around it. I mean obviously the big money’s here,” he said on the secretly recorded video.

After an emergency meeting between FA officials, the organization announced on Tuesday that Allardyce would no longer be the manager of England’s national team.

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.

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.

The 61-year old manager quit his job at Sunderland to take on the England role just two months ago, following an underwhelming performance from the national side during the Euro Championships under Roy Hodgson.

The FA have not announced who the new national team manager will be, although Gareth Southgate will take over on a temporary basis.

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