England manager Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager after he was caught speaking with undercover journalists about how to circumvent FA transfer rules, along with mocking his predecessor Roy Hodgson.
The news broke on Monday, as the Telegraph decided to publish some of its material from their investigative series on corruption in English football. Allardyce, who took over the English national team in late July, was caught on tape giving advice on how to go around some of his own employer’s (the English Football Association) rules regarding player transfers.
Allardyce was filmed by undercover journalists from the Telegraph, who were posing as businessmen representing a Far East company. The 61-year-old Dudley native negotiated a £400,000 deal with the “businessmen” to do work for their fictitious company and met with them twice, for a total of four hours. In August, during a meeting in London, Allardyce were talking with the men about how to get around the third-party ownership of players in the Premier League. The league doesn’t allow players to be owned by a third party, having implemented the rule in 2008 that a player needs to be fully owned by the club.
Allardyce showed extremely poor judgement, and what is even more shocking is that he had advisors with him for at least one of the meetings. The FA has now decided to sack Allardyce after just one game in charge.
A man who is willing to circumvent the rules set by the very people that pay his salary shows that he isn’t fit to lead the national team or be the face of English football. Allardyce also mocked his predecessor Roy Hodgson for his speech, calling him “Woy” and criticized his way of coaching the Three Lions at Euro 2016.
“Psychologically, we can’t cope,” Allardyce said. “There’s a psychological barrier.” Referring to Hodgson he said: “The players let him down in the end. I think maybe he was too indecisive. Cast a bit of an anxiety over to the players maybe. If that ever happened to me as a manager, I’d be absolutely gutted. It would be my fault.
“So I’d have come in at half time and gone, right: bang bang bang bang bang. And then if that didn’t work I’d have gone bang, substitute, substitute, know what I mean, and changed the complete style in the team…but he ummed and ah-ed and Gary Neville arguing about when to bring Rushford [sic] on…”
Allardyce also said that if he’d been in charge at the Euros he would have told assistant manager Gary Neville “to sit down and shut up.”
Allardyce has always come off as a pretty vocal and abrasive man who seems to often just say what is on his mind before thinking of the consequences, but mocking Hodgson in the manner he did, saying that he’s not suited for public speaking because of the way he talks is just childish, and further shows that he wasn’t the right man for the England job.
The FA is being way too kind when they say that they mutually agreed with Allardyce to cancel his contract, and it will hopefully be difficult for him to find another job in England, as clubs shouldn’t want to hire a man who clearly has no respect for the game.
“We are still in the process of establishing the facts before making a decision,” FA chairman Greg Clarke told the Guardian on Tuesday before the decision to part ways was made public.
England U21 manager Gareth Southgate will take over for the next four matches as interim national manager, while the FA starts the search for a new England boss.