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'Entrapment has won on this occasion' - Big Sam admits 'error of judgment' after England sacking

The former Bolton and Sunderland boss hasn’t ruled out a return to football in the near future, however.

Allardyce leaves his home in Bolton this morning.
Allardyce leaves his home in Bolton this morning.
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SAM ALLARDYCE Has admitted an “error of judgment” after his career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters.

“Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that,” Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England.

Allardyce added he had simply been helping out a long-standing associate.

“I think that on reflection it was a silly thing to do,” he said.

“But just to let everybody know, I sort of helped out what was somebody I’d known for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error of judgment on my behalf and I’ve paid the consequences,” he added the morning after he was forced out of the England job following a mere 67 days in charge of the national side.

Meanwhile Allardyce apologised to England’s governing Football Association, his former employers, as he refused to rule out a future role in football.

“The agreement was done very amicably with The FA and I apologise to those and all concerned in the unfortunate position I’ve put myself in,” he added.

I have a confidentiality agreement and I can’t answer any more questions. I am going to go and reflect on it.”

Allardyce also wished England U21 manger Gareth Southgate, who has been put in charge of the senior team’s next four matches, well for the future.

“I would like to wish Gareth and all of the England lads the best.”

Asked if the England job would be his last in football, former Bolton and Newcastle manager Allardyce replied: “Who knows. We’ll wait and see.”

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