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Sunday 23 October 2016

Roy Keane gives his verdict on Sam Allardyce sacking after Telegraph sting

Published 28/09/2016 | 23:46

England manager Sam Allardyce (right) and Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Goodison Park
England manager Sam Allardyce (right) and Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Goodison Park

Roy Keane has branded sacked England manager Sam Allardyce “silly and stupid” as he gave his verdict on the corruption scandal gripping English football.

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The Republic of Ireland assistant manager was a pundit in ITV’s coverage of the Champions League a day after Allardyce was relieved of his duties as England boss after he was caught up in a Daily Telegraph sting that coerced him into making inflammatory statements on a hidden camera.

Now Keane has offered his views on Allardyce’s demise, as he insisted he will not be the last to be tempted by big money offers in an era when the game’s finances have exploded.

“Sam is only guilty of being silly and stupid,” stated Keane, before he went on to reflect on the scandal that saw QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino dragged into the controversy.

“It’s not been a great few days for the game,” admitted Keane. “When there is so much money involved in the game now, there will be greed.

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“I think we also have to be careful. There are a lot of accusations flying around about people, but you are innocent until proven guilty.

“Not everything comes back to the FA here. If we are on about coaches and managers and if they are found guilty of taking backhanders or whatever they are doing, it is up to the clubs to sort that out.

“The managers are employed by the clubs and if they are defrauding the clubs and are found guilty, they have to accept their punishment.”

Keane also backed his fellow ITV Sport pundit Gareth Southgate to take the England manager’s job on a permanent basis, as he prepares for a four-game run in the top job after stepping into the breach following Allardyce’s sudden exit.

“You cannot pick and choose when you become manager and Gareth knows that,” added Keane. “If he gets the opportunity, wins a few games and is offered the job, he will find it hard to turn it down.”

It is safe to assume Keane may have a similar view if he was ever handed the opportunity to have a trial run as Republic of Ireland manager at some point in the future.

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