Sam Allardyce has left his post as England boss after only 67 days in charge by mutual agreement, due to "significant error of judgement on his part."
The former West Ham and Sunderland manager has parted ways with the FA amid reports of a video recording claiming he offered advice on "how to get around" FA rules on third party ownership of players. Allardyce, 61, is also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East firm.
"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." an official statement released by the FA said.
There are now calls for an investigation into corruption in English football. In recent days, Southampton assistant coach has been named in corruption claims after giving undercover reporters advice on how to bribe officials at other clubs. Meanwhile, Barnsley have sacked assistant boss Tommy Wright after claims he accepted money in return for allegedly helping persuade the club to sign players.
Ex England striker Gary Lineker now wants a police probe into corruption claims, and has ruled himself out of the running to be England boss.
Surely it's time for a proper police investigation into such allegations. The game is rife with corruption and needs cleaning up. Now! pic.twitter.com/GXu7kvu6x6
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 28, 2016
Known as Big Sam, Allardyce has since apologised publically for his actions, saying he is "deeply disappointed at this outcome."
"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.” Allardyce said in his statement.
Allardyce took over the reigns as England coach in July, replacing Hodgson after a disappointing Euros campaign, making him the national side's shortest serving full time manager.
Gareth Southgate will take charge of England's next four games against Malta and Slovenia in the World Cup qualifiers and against Scotland and Spain.