Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager.
The 61-year-old has paid the ultimate price after he was secretly filmed telling undercover reporters how to bend FA transfer rules to try and land a lucrative £400,000 deal in the Far East.
Following the revelations in the sting by The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce departs just 67 days after he was appointed Three Lions boss. The decision followed showdown talks between the two parties at Wembley on Tuesday afternoon.
Allardyce left his home in Bolton shortly before 7am on Tuesday morning for talks with FA bosses. Chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn met with the former Sunderland boss and emphasised they were extremely disturbed by the allegations held against him.
Allardyce defended himself by saying that during the sting he said everything needed to be run past The FA, though that wasn’t enough to save him. FA board members Dan Ashworth and David Gill were also consulted over the decision to dispense with Allardyce’s services, but it was Clarke’s voice which carried the most weight.
With England now looking for their third manager in just a matter of months, Gareth Southgate is likely to be put in temporary charge for the forthcoming games with Malta and Slovenia.
Allardyce landed a contract worth £3million-a-year plus bonuses in July, but was filmed cashing in on his role with reporters posing as Far East businessmen.