ENGLAND manager Sam Allardyce has resigned after just one game in charge following allegations made in The Daily Telegraph.
The former Bolton Wanderers manager released a statement moments ago saying he was ‘very disappointed’ to have parted company and “offered a sincere wholehearted apology for my actions”.
Allardyce’s statement went on to say: “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.”
The FA have also released a statement: “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.”
England Under 21s manager Gareth Southgate will take charge of the team for England’s next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.
The FA added: “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 61-year-old was secretly filmed by the Telegraph, as part of their investigation into corruption in British football.
Allardyce spoke openly about bypassing the FA’s laws on third party ownership, a concept made illegal in 2008 following Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s controversial transfers to West Ham.
The fake firm also negotiated with Allardyce, who earned £3 million a year managing the national side to speak to investors at a south east Asia firm to the tune of £400,000.
The England boss also mocked his predecessor Roy Hodgson’s voice whilst saying the former Liverpool manager was “too indecisive” according to Allardyce.
‘Big Sam’ also said Gary Neville was the “wrong influence” on Hodgson, and should have been told to “sit down and shut up”.
Speculation is now rife as to who will replace the manager with former Hull City boss Steve Bruce, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Crystal Palace gaffer Alan Pardew the early favourites.