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Allardyce quits England job in disgrace

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016 Rory Dollard

English soccer is once again wounded and on the lookout for a new manager after Sam Allardyce's brief tenure ended in embarrassment after just one game in charge.

The 61-year-old's contract was terminated by mutual agreement after he was caught in a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in soccer.

Allardyce had been in the job for just 67 days, meaning his reign was the shortest of any full-time England manager.

The Telegraph, as part of a wide-ranging operation, covertly filmed the newly-appointed manager making a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

Some were merely disparaging or offensive - such as those aimed at predecessor Roy Hodgson, who was demeaningly referred to as 'Woy' in a reference to his speech impediment - while some constituted graver lapses in judgement.

The willingness of Allardyce and his adviser Mark Curtis to negotiate a PS400,000 ($A678,000) pay day to act as a keynote speaker for investment firms in the Far East was not viewed kindly by the FA, who already paid him PS3million ($A5.1 million) a year, despite his belated caveat that he would need to run any deal "past the powers that be".

The former Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton manager, whose England side beat Slovakia 1-0 earlier this month, gave a "sincere and wholehearted apology" for his part in the messy divorce.

"Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company," Allardyce said.

"It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am 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.

"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior side's next four games, starting with a home match against Malta on October 8.

He's being mentioned alongside Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce and Jurgen Klinsmann as a potential successor.

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