After just 67 days the England national football team is without a manager again. Sam Allardyce had been appointed after Roy Hodgson stepped down after England’s embarrassing exit in Euro 2016.
The job started so well for ‘Big Sam‘, who won his first and now only ever game in charge with a 1-0 over Slovakia in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Although, Allardyce won’t be best remembered for his 100% record but more so for the dramatic reasons behind his exit. The veteran manager was caught out by reporters of The Daily Telegraph who were posing as businessmen, after Sam offered them advice on how to “get around” transfer rules. The newspaper have since said the following about their investigation “We began looking into corruption in English football last year after receiving information about specific managers, officials and agents – before Allardyce was appointed England manager”. Negative comments were also recorded from the meeting that were aimed at the man that Allardyce had replaced, Roy Hodgson as well as Prince William and Prince Harry.
Sam Allardyce offered to step down as England manager to the Football Association, who have since publically called his actions “inappropriate”. The FA have now got the task of replacing him and therefore possibly sticking with whoever was the second choice for the job before they appointed Sam. It’s an interesting time for football in general, with corruption at FIFA making headlines over recent years and investigations like these to see how corrupted the sport is in this country is also as far as transfers and business dealings.
The now unemployed manager was asked by reporters wether or not this would be his last management job in football, to which Sam replied “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”