Sam Allardyce apologetic after mistake

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Updated: September 28, 2016
Football

Sam Allardyce has come out and apologised for his “silly” decision that cost him his dream job but has not ruled out a return to management.

He does feel that “entrapment” has won but knows he was in the wrong.

It has not been a good few months for England who failed to impress at Euro 2016 when they lost to Iceland – a country the size of Leicester!

But, things got worse when Roy Hodgson’s successor has left the FA with egg on this incident.

It was the job Allardyce had always wanted – he referred to it as the “pinnacle” of his long career, yet after just one match and 67 days he has left the role following the Daily Telegraph’s revelations.

The footage of him appearing to show him making numerous controversial remarks about subjects varying from England players to circumventing FA regulations, and side work to his employers was secretly filmed.

Allardyce was under the impression he was talking to business men but it was undercover reporters.

Less than 24 hours after the video was released Big Sam left his role with England by mutual consent.

After his emotional exit he released a statement:

“Obviously I’ve got to do this before I go away, I think that 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 (football agent Scott McGarvey).

“Unfortunately, it was an error of judgement 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 apologise to those and all concerned in this unfortunate situation I’ve put myself in.

“I have a confidentiality agreement and I took the time to talk to you on this matter. I can’t answer any more questions just now. I’m going to go away and reflect on it.

“I am off abroad, just to chill out and reflect. I’d like to wish all the England lads, Gareth (Southgate) and the staff all the best.”

Asked if this would be his last job in football, Allardyce said: “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”

Since leaving Allardyce has been the main focus of the reaction but soon people will be looking to the FA to see what they do next.

The governing body is already under pressure to reform how it is governed and regulated. There have been calls for more to be done to promote the sport at grass-roots level so this latest blunder won’t be accepted.

Referring to the strong line the UK has taken on corruption at FIFA and Russia’s doping problems a very frustrated sports minister Tracey Crouch has said: “The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have been clear that we expect the highest standards of governance and transparency from sports governing bodies, here in the UK and on the international stage.”

“In this context, the recent allegations regarding English football are very concerning and we will be discussing the matter with the football authorities. All the evidence presented to them must be investigated fully and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.”

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