The English Football Association has confirmed Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager by mutual consent. Gareth Southgate would stand in as England manager pending when a new manager is announced. In a statement, the FA said: “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.”
A statement from Sam Allardyce: “Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company. “It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome. “This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions. “Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment. “As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard. “I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals.”
FA chief executive Martin Glenn: “It’s been a very difficult 24 hours. In light of the media allegations we’ve seen we’ve concluded, and Sam’s agreed, that his behaviour has been inappropriate and not what’s expected of an England manager discussing a range of issues from potential contraventions of FA rules to personal comments that frankly don’t work when you’re the manager of England.”
Read our earlier report on Allardyce here.