Allardyce will not rule out return

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Former England boss Sam Allardyce has not ruled out a return to football.

He left his role in disgrace after just 67 days following newspaper claims he offered advice on how to “get around” player transfer rules to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

But when asked if it was his last job in management, the 61-year-old said: “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”

Allardyce acknowledged it was a “silly thing to do” but was critical of the way his wrongdoing was uncovered.

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“Unfortunately it was an error of judgement on my behalf, I’ve paid the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that,” he added.

Earlier, he told Sky Sports he had only attended the meeting with the undercover reporters as a favour to friend and agent Scott McGarvey, who he says was hoping to land a job out of it.

The former Bolton, West Ham and Sunderland boss was appointed England manager in July after Roy Hodgson left the role following the side’s second round defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.

The Football Association called his conduct “inappropriate” and said his contract was ended by mutual consent.

Allardyce added: “The agreement was done very amicably with The FA and I apologise to those and all concerned in the unfortunate position I’ve put myself in.”

He was speaking to reporters outside his home on Wednesday before leaving the country to go on holiday.

Allardyce wished England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate, who has been placed in temporary charge of the national side, and the rest of the players and staff “all the very best”.

England’s next match is a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Malta on Saturday, 8 October.

What did Allardyce do?

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Allardyce was filmed saying it was “not a problem” to bypass rules on third-party player ownership, and claimed he knew of agents who were “doing it all the time”.

Third-party ownership – when someone other than the buying and selling club owns a stake in a player, typically an investor – has been described as a form of “slavery” by Michel Platini, the former president of European football’s governing body Uefa. The practice is banned by the FA and world governing body Fifa.

The Telegraph investigation also claimed that a £400,000 deal was struck for Allardyce to represent the company to Far East investors and to be a keynote speaker at events – though he stressed he would have to “run that by” his employers.

Allardyce also referred to his predecessor Roy Hodgson as “Woy”, making fun of his manner of speaking, criticised Gary Neville, one of Hodgson’s assistants, and made comments about FA president Prince William, while describing Prince Harry as a “naughty boy”.

Further details of the Telegraph’s wide-ranging investigation are published in Wednesday’s edition of the paper – including a claim that eight past and present Premier League managers received illicit payments for transfers.

Five of the un-named eight have denied the allegations while three are yet to comment, the paper says.

What they said

“I’m angry, I’m sad, I’m staggered at the misjudgement from a guy who said this was his dream job.” Ex-England striker and BBC pundit Alan Shearer.

“I’ve got a little bit of sympathy for him, but he gave the FA no choice.” Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage.

“If you want to be the England manager you have to be whiter than white and the Telegraph investigation shows he wasn’t. This guy is being paid around £3m a year, why was he grubbing around trying to find £400,000 from somewhere?” Former FA chairman Greg Dyke.

“There’s no question he brought the FA and football into disrepute and that’s not acceptable. I have very little sympathy.” Dyke’s predecessor as FA chairman, David Bernstein.

“I don’t think fans will be annoyed that he is explaining how to get around rules, I think it is more that he was chasing money around the world when the focus should have been on the England job.” Former England defender Danny Mills.

What next for England?

After just one match in charge – a 1-0 win over Slovakia in England’s opening World Cup 2018 qualifier – Allardyce becomes the national side’s shortest-serving full-time manager.

The FA said it would begin its search for a new England manager while Southgate takes charge for the Malta game as well as World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Scotland plus a friendly with Spain.

Allardyce was due to name his next squad on Sunday.

Allegations ‘very concerning’ – Crouch

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said in a statement: “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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