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Sam Allardyce loses 'dream' England job after 67 days at helm

By Rory Dollard

Published 28/09/2016

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.
Sam Allardyce’s tenure was shortest in England history

Sam Allardyce's brief tenure as England manager ended in embarrassment and recrimination after just one game in charge.

His contract was terminated by mutual agreement with the Football Association as chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn confirmed there was no way back from his appearance in a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption.

Allardyce had been in what he gleefully described as his "dream" job for just 67 days, meaning his reign was the shortest of any full-time England manager.

The Telegraph, as part of a wide-ranging operation targeted the newly appointed national manager, covertly filmed him making a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

Some were merely disparaging or offensive - such as those aimed at predecessor Roy Hodgson, who was demeaningly referred to as "Woy" in a reference to his speech impediment, while others were taken more seriously by the FA.

The willingness of Allardyce and his adviser Mark Curtis to negotiate a £400,000 pay day to act as a keynote speaker for firms in the Far East was not viewed kindly by employers, who already paid him £3m a year despite his belated caveat he would need to run any deal "past the powers that be".

And his thoughts on third-party ownership were arguably even more damaging, as he discussed the apparent circumvention of a practice that was banned by the FA in 2008.

The former Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton manager, whose England side beat Slovakia 1-0 earlier this month, gave a "sincere and wholehearted apology" for his part in the messy divorce. "Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company," Allardyce said.

"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."

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior side's next four games - the first of which is at home to Malta on October 8 - with a squad announcement due on Sunday.

The status of Allardyce-appointed coaches Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and Martyn Margetson has yet to be revealed, indicating they could assist Southgate, who could be considered for a permanent contract alongside the likes of Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hodgson's assistant Gary Neville, who was also mentioned in less-than-flattering terms on the tapes, looks to have shelved his coaching career for the time being.

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