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Sting leaves England boss Sam Allardyce facing FA questions

By Jim Gracey

Sam Allardyce is facing questions from his FA employers just weeks into his reign as England manager after a video-taped newspaper 'sting' appeared to show he used his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

Allardyce is also alleged to have offered advice to businessmen on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

Before he had even held his first training session as England's new head coach, Allardyce was recorded apparently negotiating a deal with men purporting to represent a Far East firm that was hoping to profit from the Premier League's billion-pound transfer market.

He agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador and explained to the "businessmen" how they could circumvent Football Association rules which prohibit third parties 'owning' players.

Unbeknown to Allardyce, the businessmen were undercover reporters.

Allardyce, who is paid £3million a year plus bonuses by the FA, now faces questions about his judgement just weeks after his first and so far only match in charge of the England side.

The former Bolton boss is also reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, dubbing him "Woy" and saying that he "hasn't got the personality for it".

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