The English FA has announced that Sam Allardyce has been sacked as England manager after just one game in charge, following allegations made in a newspaper article.
The news of Allardyce’s departure on Tuesday evening comes after the former Sunderland manager held talks with the football association over claims that he discussed how to circumvent rules on player transfers while speaking to undercover Daily Telegraph reporters.
An FA statement read in full: “The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager. 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 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.
“The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”
Video footage published by the Telegraph showed Allardyce mocking his predecessor Roy Hodgson and accused the FA of being ‘all about making money’.
He was also alleged to have negotiated in ‘principle’ a deal to travel to the Far East as an ambassador to a businessman.
The 61-year-old was appointed England manager just 67 days ago and leaves the role after just one match, a World Cup qualifying win against Slovakia.
Gareth Southgate has been appointed interim manager for England’s next four matches, which includes November’s clash with Scotland.