Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager after making several controversial statements to undercover journalists.
The Telegraph published some of the things Allardyce had said in the meeting with the undercover reporters, who were posing as businessmen from a Far East company. The English Football Assicoation (FA) has now decided to part ways with Allardyce.
“The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager,” a statement read on the FA’s official website.
“Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. 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 [England U21 manager] will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.”