A great day for UK jour­nal­ism

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport -

Sam Al­lardyce’s de­par­ture was a great day for UK jour­nal­ism and an even bet­ter day for English foot­ball. It won’t seem like it to the dolts at the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion who rushed to ap­point a charm­less char­ac­ter with a sus­pect back­ground to the Eng­land man­ager’s job right now.

It won’t seem like it ei­ther to fans of Bolton FC, his one re­main­ing fan­base in the UK, but trust me go­ing now be­fore he could drag his coun­try futher into dis­re­pute will be seen as a good thing and a tri­umph for the Daily Tele­graph’s in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism.

Al­lardyce is a bray­ing oaf. What on earth pos­sessed the FA’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Dan Ash­worth to ap­point him in the first place is be­yond me.

Ash­worth’s own po­si­tion should now be ques­tioned as should that of Martin Glenn, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the big­gest foot­ball or­gan­i­sa­tion in the land who ad­mits he knows noth­ing about the sport.

But what we do know about chief ex­ec­u­tives and well-paid di­rec­tors in this coun­try is they will cling on to their jobs by tak­ing the credit, but re­fus­ing to ac­cept the blame.

The only pos­i­tive I could see when Al­lardyce (right) was ap­pointed was the sheer un­bri­dled joy he dis­played at se­cur­ing his dream job.

He’s a pa­triot no doubt, but not a big enough pa­triot to avoid em­bar­rass­ing his na­tion by de­clin­ing to chase fi­nan­cial sup­ple­ments to top a salary, which at £3 mil­lion a year was al­ready ab­surdly high.

That video taken by the bril­liant un­der­cover re­porters was damn­ing. Al­lardyce couldn’t have ap­peared any more unattrac­tive.

Ar­ro­gance, avarice and delu­sions of grandeur con­cern­ing his com­mand of the English lan­guage (his claim to be a ‘keynote speaker was hi­lar­i­ous as he’s about as elo­quent as Homer Simp­son) pro­vided a check list of evey­thing you’d not want in a pub­lic fig­ure.

Al­lardyce was lucky to sur­vive a Panorama ex­pose on bung-tak­ing in foot­ball a decade ago. You didn’t need to do due dili­gence too deep to find rea­sons to be wary of Al­lardyce.

But then Ash­worth is way out of his depth deal­ing with foot­ball at this level. Per­form­ing solidly at a yo-yo club like West Brom is not a nat­u­ral ap­pren­tice­ship to be the boss of the boss of the na­tional side.

Typ­i­cally some foot­ball folk charged to pro­tect one of their own by er­ro­neously ac­cus­ing the Daily Tele­graph of a fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion. Some prob­a­bly have plenty to hide.

It’s also in­evitable Al­lardyce will re­turn to topflight club foot­ball in the near fu­ture. Morals are hard to find in the world of pro­fes­sional foot­ball where cheat­ing in many forms is sadly seen as part of the game.

Al­lardyce has the hide of an elephant so taunts from fans won’t bother him.

Sun­der­land would take him back to­mor­row given whan a mess David Moyes is mak­ing of their club.

I don’t care about that. I care about the Eng­land team and they are bet­ter off with­out

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