England manager Sam Allardyce could be forced out of his post in disgrace following revelations he was involvement in a bribing scandal, reports claim.
The former West Ham United and Sunderland boss made headlines on Tuesday after he was exposed in an undercover operation launched by The Daily Telegraph. According to the allegations, Allardyce agreed to offer advice on side-stepping Football Association (FA) transfer rules in exchange for a £400,000 payoff.
Specifically, Allardyce is alleged to have offered tips pertaining to the third party ownership of players – a practice which has been banned by the FA. Furthermore, the England manager is believed to have implicated himself on camera, reports Sky Sports.
‘You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you’re not getting a part of the transfer fee anymore, because you can’t do that,’ Allardyce is recorded saying in one excerpt.
The manager also claimed the practice had been going on ‘for years’ and that it was still possible to ‘get around’ FA regulations.
FA chiefs are understood to be taking the allegations very seriously and are reportedly ready to sack Allardyce. FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn have already met in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, while it is believed the governing body will meet with the England boss before reaching a final decision.