Sam Allardyce

How Gareth got the job from Southgate

The story of how Gareth Southgate is even in the position is an interesting one. After last night’s triumph to send England to the final of an international tournament for the first time since 1966, some felt that the Telegraph, responsible for exposing Sam Allardyce’s actions 5 years ago, should be praised.

Allardyce was sacked from the position of England manager after one game having offered advice on how to ‘get around’ certain rules involving the transfer of players.

A statement released by the FA at the time in 2016 revealed that the severity of his actions meant he could no longer stay in charge.

Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

They also revealed that Southgate would take ‘temporary charge.’

Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.

We know now the word ‘temporary’ quickly turned into a permanent situation for the former Middlesbrough boss.

Allardyce responds to England’s final

Sam Allardyce spoke to media after England’s success in the semi-final last night and was quick to point out the work he did in the 67 days in charge of England.

Allardyce joked after being asked what would have been different if he was in charge these last 5 years. “We’d have won the World Cup and we’d have won the Euros of course.” He followed it up by saying “Who knows?”

The former Bolton, Everton and West Brom boss did however point towards work done on the training ground to turn it into a place which the players now want to come to.

“We started those changes, Gareth has done a terrific job moving it on from there. Which means it becomes the England camp and only the England camp.”

Whether Allardyce would have done better than Southgate with this crop of talent is entirely unknown and will never be known.

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