Al­lardyce de­cries en­trap­ment as Eng­land job ends in dis­grace

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Sam Al­lardyce flew out of Eng­land yesterday af­ter ex­press­ing re­gret over "silly" un­guarded com­ments to un­der­cover jour­nal­ists that cost him the Eng­land man­ager's job.

While apol­o­giz­ing for his in­dis­cre­tions, Al­lardyce com­plained about "en­trap­ment" by the Daily Telegraph that made his Eng­land job un­ten­able af­ter only 67 days and one match in charge.

A covert video showed Al­lardyce ap­pear­ing to of­fer ad­vice to fic­ti­tious busi­ness­men on how to sidestep an out­lawed player trans­fer prac­tice and also to ne­go­ti­ate a 400,000-pound ($519,000) pub­lic-speak­ing con­tract to top up an an­nual Eng­land salary of 3 mil­lion pounds ($4 mil­lion).

A fur­ther video showed Al­lardyce mock­ing pre­de­ces­sor Roy Hodg­son, who was fired af­ter Eng­land's hu­mil­i­at­ing loss to tiny Ice­land at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in June, ques­tion­ing the FA's fi­nan­cial strat­egy, and talk­ing dis­mis­sively about the or­ga­ni­za­tion's pres­i­dent, Prince Wil­liam.

The 61-year-old Al­lardyce was filmed in a Lon­don ho­tel in Au­gust and a Manch­ester restau­rant talk­ing to the un­der­cover re­porters.

"On re­flec­tion it was a silly thing to do, but just to let ev­ery­one know I'd sort of helped out what was some­body I'd known for 30 years," Al­lardyce said, re­fer­ring to foot­ball agent Scott McGar­vey. "Un­for­tu­nately, it was an er­ror of judg­ment on my be­half and I've paid the con­se­quences.

"En­trap­ment has won on this oc­ca­sion and I have to ac­cept that. The agree­ment was done very am­i­ca­bly with the FA. I apol­o­gize to those and all con­cerned in this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion I've put my­self in."

Al­lardyce never even got a chance to man­age Eng­land at the na­tional sta­dium, Wem­b­ley, with his only game in charge a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win in Slo­vakia ear­lier this month.

Speak­ing out­side his home near the north­ern English city of Manch­ester, the former West Ham, Sun­der­land and Bolton man­ager said: "I am off abroad, just to chill out and re­flect."

Eng­land is not rush­ing to re­place Al­lardyce.

Gareth South­gate, the man­ager of Eng­land Un­der-21e, will take charge of the se­nior team's next four matches — against Malta, Slove­nia, Scot­land, and Spain — across Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. That means there is less ur­gency for the FA to hire a new man­ager with the fol­low­ing game not un­til March 2017 when Eng­land hosts Lithua­nia in its fifth World Cup qual­i­fier.

Former Eng­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce leav­ing his home in Bolton yesterday.

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