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Sam Allardyce loses England job after one game in charge, FA confirm

The former Sunderland boss was caught in a newspaper sting.

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SAM ALLARDYCE HAS left his job as England manager, it has been confirmed tonight.

The FA say ‘Big Sam’ has left by mutual agreement.

The former Sunderland boss gave advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules,  mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson and said Gary Neville should have been told to sit down and shut up while being secretly filmed by Daily Telegraph reporters posing as Far East businessmen.

“Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager,” an Fa statement reads.

“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 oversee England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.

In his own statement which was released separately, Allardyce expressed regret and disappointment. He 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.”

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