England manager Sam Allardyce has quit his position by mutual consent with the Football Association (FA) after just one game and 67 days in charge.
Allardyce, who had insisted he could succeed where so many others had failed in making England a force again in world football, left the position in the aftermath of an undercover newspaper investigation.
Allardyce’s 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 GBP400,000 to represent an overseas firm that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers, before he had even named his first squad.
Allardyce also offered advice on how to ‘get around‘ the FA’s own regulations on third-party ownership, was disparaging about his predecessor Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment, said that assistant Gary Neville should ‘sit down and shut up‘, and criticized the FA’s ‘stupid‘ – Wembley redevelopment.
The Former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland manager now finds himself hugely embarrassed after his departure was announced on Tuesday (last) night, despite leaving with a 100% record following an unconvincing 1-0 victory against Slovakia in his only international match in charge.
A dramatic day started 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‘.
The 61-year-old had said in July he was ‘extremely honoured‘ and promised to return the feel-good factor to an England set-up demoralized by an embarrassing Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland that led to the departure of Hodgson. Handed a £3m-a-year contract, plus bonuses, he said he had fulfilled his lifetime’s ambition by taking over as England manager. But he leaves with the unwanted record of the shortest managerial reign for a permanent appointee.
He will be replaced for the next four matches, against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain, by the under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate.