Sam Allardyce has resigned his dream job as coach of England, after irreconcilable talks with English Football Association over an allegation that he agreed a payment of £400,000 in exchange for information on how to beat transfer rules.
He was appointed on July 22 to succeed Roy Hodgson. He quit just after 67 days.
The English FA confirmed his departure, from a job that offered £3 million a year, making him the highest paid national coach.
In a statement, the FA said on Monday night:
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 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
In a statement released on Tuesday night, Allaedyce says he is ‘deeply disappointed’ to be leaving his job as England manager.
“Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company.
It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.
This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.
Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.
As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.
I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals,” Allardyce said.
English FA CEO, Martin Glenn said: “A very difficult 24 hours. In the light of the media allegations that we’ve seen, we’ve concluded and Sam’s agreed that his behaviour’s been inappropriate and frankly not what is expected of an England manager, discussing a range of issues from potential contraventions of FA rules through to personal comments that frankly just don’t work when you’re the manager of England.”