Sam Allardyce will go down history as the shortest ever serving England manager after leading the team to just one match.
The manager is out of work after opting to step down rather than be sacked after investigations revealed he tried to negotiate for a £400,000 agreement with a football agency firm.
The proposed deal was termed a potential conflict of interest for an international football manager as it raised the possibility that he would be “employed” by a company whose footballer clients could benefit from preferential treatment.
The FA held talks with the manager on Tuesday after summoning him on Monday and it issued a statement more or less confirming the manager’s fate while confirming that Gareth Southgate will be taking over as the caretaker manager.
The FA statement:
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.