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England manager Sam Allardyce resigns after undercover investigation - full statement

Allardyce leaves after one match and 67 days in charge

Published 27/09/2016

Sam Allardyce at England's game against Solcakia in Trnava
Sam Allardyce at England's game against Solcakia in Trnava
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. Manager of Blackburn Rovers Sam Allardyce (L) gestures next to Liverpool's Manager Roy Hodgson during a Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool, England on October 24, 2010.(IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Sam Allardyce, manager of West Ham shouts instructions during the npower Championship match between West Ham United and Hull City at Boleyn Ground on April 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Sam Allardyce of Bolton shouts instructions to his players during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on September 27, 2003 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is congratulated by vice-chairman Karren Brady and Chairman David Gold after victory in the npower Championship Playoff Final between West Ham United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on March 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. BOLTON - MAY 11: Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce celebrates retaining Premiership status after the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough held on May 11, 2003 at the Reebok Stadium, in Bolton, England. Bolton Wanderers won the match 2-1. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge SOUTHAMPTON - MAY 3: Bolton manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Southampton and Bolton Wanders on May 3, 2003 at Saint Mary's stadium, Southampton, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Sam Allardyce the manager of West Ham celebrates victory with the Championship trophy during the npower Championship - Playoff Final between West Ham United and Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at the Boleyn Ground on September 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. BOLTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Sam Alladyce, manager of Bolton Wanderers poses during the Bolton Wanderers Carling Cup Final Press Conference at The Reebok Stadium on February 24, 2004 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
FILE - England manager leaves after one match in charge. 1 May 1998: Notts County Manager Sam Allardyce kisses the Division Three Trophy after their success during the 1997-98 season. \ Mandatory Credit: Lawrence Griffiths/Allsport
Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager by mutual consent, the Football Association has announced. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

England manager Sam Allardyce has resigned with immediate effect after he was filmed appearing to advise businessmen on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice, as part of a newspaper investigation.

In an undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph, Allardyce met people who he thought were representatives of a Far East firm following his appointment to one of English football's most coveted roles.

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He was captured appearing to tell reporters that it was "not a problem" getting around FA rules that stop third parties "owning" football players' economic rights.

The controversial practice was banned by the FA - Allardyce's employers - in 2008 over concerns it compromised the integrity of the game, as the third party could profit whenever a player was sold.

An emergency meeting was held with FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn with Allardyce at Wembley Stadium today.

The FA and Allardyce "mutually agreed" to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Allardyce 'deeply disappointed at outcome of events'

In a statement Sam Allardyce said: "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."

FA and Allardyce 'mutually agree' to terminate contract

In a statement the FA said: "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."

Allardyce was filmed on a hidden camera when asked about the rules,saying: "It's not a problem."

He added an unnamed group had been "doing it for years" and "you can still get around it", suggesting they employ the player's agents to compensate for the fact they are no longer allowed to profit from each transfer directly.

He added: "You get a percentage of the player's agent's fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he's done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you're not getting a part of the transfer fee any more, because you can't do that.

 "But, you get - because of the size of the contracts now, the contract will be worth thirty, forty million, at 10% and you've done a deal with the agent where you're getting 5% of the agent's fee, which is massive for doing about two hours' work."

It is alleged by the paper that a deal was struck with the England manager worth £400,000.

 

 

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