'Entrapment has won on this occasion' - Sam Allardyce takes parting shot at the press after England departure
Published 28/09/2016 | 09:02
Deposed England manager Sam Allardyce has broken his silence on the newspaper sting that led to his departure from his 'dream job'.
The experienced football coach only took over the role after Euro 2016, overseeing one World Cup qualifier before his contract was terminated by the FA by mutual consent last night.
The reason for his departure were the revelations stemming from a Daily Telegraph investigation, which saw undercover reporters obtain video footage of Allardyce talking in loose manner about his predecessor Roy Hodgson, former assistant manager Gary Neville, selection policy involving individuals, his apparent willingness to pursue a £400,000 deal to address investors in the Far East and his views on the outlawed practice of third-party ownership.
Allardyce, who has managed five Premier League clubs, is leaving the country on holiday as he plans his next move, but spoke to Sky Sports News this morning to offer an explanation for what happened.
Sky reporter Kaveh Solhekol went on air to share Allardyce's comments.
“His explanation for this is all to do with a man called Scott McGarvey, one of the agents that set up the meeting," Solhekol said.
“Sam Allardyce says he first and foremost went to this meeting because Scott McGarvey is a person he has known for 20 to 30 years.
“He says he went because he knew Scott McGarvey was desperate to get a job from these people, who turned out to be undercover reporters. They were offering him a job with a salary of around £260,000-a-year and a company car.
“Sam Allardyce says that is why he went to the meeting and not because he was being greedy or wanted to earn more money. He says he was trying to do a friend a favour.”
Allardyce is reportedly planning a return to football management and speaking to cameras earlier today, he also expressed his sorrow at what had transpired.
"Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that," he said.
"I think that on reflection, it was a silly thing to do. But just to let everybody know, I sort of helped out what was somebody I've known for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error of judgment on my behalf and I've paid the consequences."
"I have a confidentiality agreement so I can't answer any more questions. I am off abroad just to chill out and to reflect and I'd like to wish all the England lads, Gareth and the staff all the very best."
Asked if that was his last job in football he said: "Who knows. We'll wait and see."