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Shamed Allardyce brought down by his own greed

Allardyce is out as England boss after 67 days, one victory and one unforgivable own goal

By Jim Gracey

Published 28/09/2016

Making an exit: Sam Allardyce leaves Wembley last night after terminating his contract as England manager by mutual consent
Making an exit: Sam Allardyce leaves Wembley last night after terminating his contract as England manager by mutual consent

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.

But he threw it all away with his willingness, and that of his adviser Mark Curtis, to negotiate a £400,000 pay day to act as a keynote speaker for investment firms in the Far East — actions that were not viewed kindly by employers who already paid him £3million a year, despite his belated caveat that he would need to run any deal “past the powers that be”.

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.

Previous caretaker boss Gareth Southgate will now return to the role for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA begin their search for the new England manager.

In new allegations in today’s Daily Telegraph, eight current or former Premier League managers stand accused of receiving “bungs” for player transfers.

Football agents were filmed by undercover reporters boasting about how many managers they had paid off, with one agent saying that in football, “everything is under the table”.

The paper says that later this week it will also disclose the name of an assistant manager at a leading club who was filmed accepting a £5,000 cash payment from undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm that wanted to invest in players.

During a series of meetings with agents, managers and club officials over the summer, undercover reporters built up a dossier of secret recordings and other evidence that, the paper says, suggests corruption remains a major problem in the English game.

The paper says that later this week it will also disclose the name of an assistant manager at a leading club who was filmed accepting a £5,000 cash payment from undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm that wanted to invest in players.

During a series of meetings with agents, managers and club officials over the summer, undercover reporters built up a dossier of secret recordings and other evidence that, the paper says, suggests corruption remains a major problem in the English game.

The paper has agreed to give all relevant transcripts to the Football Association, and has also passed information to the police.

As well as the eight current or recent Premier League managers named by agents, two bosses of Championship clubs were said to have been open to so-called “bungs”.

Some of the evidence comes from Pino Pagliara, an unlicensed Italian agent who was banned from football for five years for match-fixing in 2005.

During meetings with undercover reporters, Mr Pagliara and two other agents named  eight current or recent Premier League managers who they said were known for taking “bungs”, including five they said they had personally paid off.

They also named two Championship managers who, they said, had accepted bribes. They were unaware that their conversations were being recorded, thinking instead they were talking to representatives of a Far Eastern firm looking to invest in football.

Southgate could now be considered for the job alongside the likes of of Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce and Jurgen Klinsmann.

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