Agent Scott McGarvey says he understands if Sam Allardyce blames him for losing the England job, but he believes that “Big Sam” will be back.
McGarvey was the one who introduced Allardyce to the undercover reporters from the Telegraph posing as businessmen from a company in Asia. The England manager was caught on tape making comments on how to circumvent FA transfer rules, which ended in him leaving the England job after just 67 days.
“I’m devastated for Sam,” McGarvey told Sky Sports. “I can’t think of anything worse that could have happened to my life.
“He has to feel that I’m responsible because I am the one who brought him to the meeting but he’s only come for me. He’s never once spoken about money. He’s never once said anything about money…
“Do I think he holds me responsible? I think he’s known me for a long, long time. He knows that I’d never do that to him or to anybody in football.”
McGarvey also said that he thought things got out of proportion, and that Allardyce didn’t deserved to lose his job.
“I was very surprised that he lost his job,” McGarvey said.
“I can understand if he doesn’t speak to me again. I need to respect that, but I hope not because we go back a long way.
“It might take a bit of time because I know how hurt he is at losing the England job. It doesn’t matter if you’re the manager of Crewe and you lose your job but if you’re the manager of England and you lose your job after one game, it’s a joke.”
McGarvey is confident that Allardyce will return to management in the future.
“One hundred percent… Sam will bounce back because he’s been a manager for a long time and you have to be mentally strong to be a manager today. When he says he wants to get back into football, he will be inundated with offers.”