England’s football coach Sam Allardyce has resigned just 67 days after being hired, after only managing one game. Allardyce resigned following an undercover sting by a British newspaper.
The 61-year-old was caught on camera seemingly admitting that he knew of ways to skirt FIFA rules on player ownership. The scandal came to light after video recorded by undercover reporters of the newspaper was published on Monday.
The newspaper conducted a series of meetings with Allardyce where journalists posed as businessmen intending to invest in the English Premier League’s lucrative transfer market.
Greg Clarke, FA Chairman says, “Well I don’t know whether he’s broken any rules or not because the FA disciplinary department will investigate the allegations, look at the evidence and make a decision. The issue for us was one of an employees behaviour and whether he could carry on as England manager having said some of the things he’d said on television. And he admitted that behaviour was foolish and put his position in jeopardy and we discussed it and he’s decided to move on and we support that. But once again it wasn’t about his performance as England manager it’s the things he said and the allegations will be investigated by the arm’s length disciplinary department at the FA and I’ll have nothing to do with that as is quite proper.”
Gareth Southgate is the early favourite for the job. He will take charge of the next four matches while the FA searches for a new manager.