Two things never change with Sam Allardyce.
The fact that the vast majority of clued up football fans think he is a joke…and the other truth that doesn’t change is that the media, with odd exceptions, give him such an easy ride.
I don’t exactly rate Gareth Southgate but if Sam Allardyce had somehow kept his grasp on the job, I think I would be finding it very hard to summon up much support for England in Russia.
In a new documentary, Sam Allardyce the decision by England to get rid of him was ‘made very hastily’ as to why they got rid of him…’I still don’t know why.’
It is hilarious really.
Despite no real success in his entire managerial career, Fat Sam won both the National Lottery and Euromillions rolled into one, when he landed the England job.
Yet the thing that brought him down was his own actions, despite getting his dream job that was far beyond his abilities, Sam Allardyce was as always just greedy for more, willing to do anything to earn even more money by abusing his new position with England.
He wonders what he did wrong, he got caught!
A massive relief for every single England (and football) fan, that he got the push after only one game in charge. Certainly fans of clubs where he managed such as Newcastle, Everton, and West Ham, will not be surprised at his actions when with England. As for Sunderland fans…who knows?
Undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph posing as businessmen for a meeting at which Sam Allardyce reportedly said 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”.
The Telegraph investigation also claimed that a £400,000 deal was struck for Allardyce to represent the company to Far East investors.
The FA called his conduct inappropriate and at the time Allardyce made a “wholehearted apology” – adding that he recognised some of his comments had “caused embarrassment”, yet he still claims he did nothing wrong…
Why apologise if he had done nothing wrong?
BBC Sport reveal that in a documentary to be shown on the BBC on Sunday, Sam Allardyce says:
“That decision (kicked out of England job) was made very hastily.
“Jealous is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately because of the circumstances that wasn’t the case.
“One night I was playing golf – next day they said you can’t carry on.
“And I still don’t know why… because in the cold light of day, there was no substance, nothing behind it.
“If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager.
“I’ve bounced back now – and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well.
“It (England) is not the impossible job because people keep doing it. You’ve got to take the opportunity – it’s the greatest challenge there is.
“I’m really proud to be the man in the spotlight, even though it wasn’t for long enough. It will always be one of the biggest moments in my career.”