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MPs: Allardyce must go if claims are true

England manager Sam Allardyce pictured earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

Several influential MPs have told ITV News that if the claims about England manager Sam Allardyce are true, then he must resign or be fired.

ITV News political correspondent Paul Brand writes that one MP on the British parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee texted him saying: "Sam should be sacked if proved - shows level of greed at the top of football, he is very well paid as England boss and should be full time - is that not enough for him?"

"Of course, MPs don't run English football," Brand adds. "But political pressure is important when it comes to high-profile appointments like this. If parliament turns against Allardyce, that could be a nail in his coffin."

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Allardyce faces FA investigation over third-party claims

Sam Allardyce is said to be 'under investigation' by the FA Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce is being "investigated" by the FA over allegations he used his role to negotiate a £400,000 deal, ITV News understands.

The England boss, who has only been in charge of one match since his appointment in July, is also being probed over claims he offered "advice" about how to get around rules on player transfers.

Allardyce, 61, was filmed by The Telegraph allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

He told the "businessmen" how to bypass the "ridiculous" transfer rules, established in 2008 by the Football Association, prohibiting third parties from owning players, it is claimed.


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England manager Sam Allardyce pictured leaving home

England manager Sam Allardyce has been pictured leaving his home on Tuesday morning.

It comes after an undercover investigation by a national newspaper claimed he offered advice on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers as he negotiated a £400,000 business deal.

England's new coach was filmed by The Telegraph allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

Notts County appoint club's new manager

John Sheridan Credit: PA

Notts County have just announced that John Sheridan has been appointed as the club’s new First Team Manager.

Sheridan, a former Republic of Ireland international, joins the Magpies from Oldham Athletic where he steered the club to 17th place in League One having taken over in January with the team in 22nd position and five points from safety.

The 51-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract, has a proven track record in the Football League, winning the League Two title and Football League Trophy with Chesterfield, whilst guiding both Oldham and Plymouth Argyle to the play offs.

On joining the club Sheridan said:

I’m delighted to be joining Notts County and relishing the opportunity to get the club challenging for promotion to League One.

The decision to leave Oldham was not an easy one and I will always retain my affection for the club and its fans.

Notts County is a big club - far bigger than its current league position suggests and having taken Chesterfield to the League Two title, I know what is required to succeed and get the club back to a higher level.

– John Sheridan


Notts County confirms manager Mark Cooper has left the club

Notts County Football Club has confirmed Mark Cooper has left his position as manager after today’s match against Carlisle United.

Mark Cooper Credit: Tim Goode / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cooper served written notice under his short term agreement on Friday and informed the club that he does not wish to sign an extended contract.

He had been appointed manager earlier in March this year.

In a statement, the club said: "Everyone at the club is hugely disappointed that the Manager has taken this decision, but nevertheless would like to thank him for his hard work during his short tenure."

Notts will begin the search for a new Manager next week and a further announcement will be made in due course. The club will delay announcing their retain list in light of this unexpected development.

Photos: Statue of Notts County legends unveiled

Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler statue Credit: ITV News Central

A statue of Notts County legends Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler has been unveiled outside Meadow Lane after a six year fundraising campaign.

More than £100,000 was raised to fund the project.

Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler statue Credit: ITV News Central

The pair, who lead the team to the first division in 1981, have also had trams in the city named after them.

Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler statue Credit: ITV News Central

Notts County appoint new Chief Executive

Meadow Lane Credit: PA

Notts County have appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, it was reveaed today.

The new CEO has been named as 43-year-old Jason Turner.

Turner has experience in the sport, having held football administration roles with Cardiff City as Club Secretary, Plymouth Argyle as General Manager and most recently Newport County as Chief Executive Officer.

He'll be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day running of the Club and begins on April 4.

Former CEO Julian Winter resigned earlier this month.

"The number one priority has to be to get some stability and move the Club back up the table and into League One as soon as possible. That's the shared vision of everyone here and, in my opinion, everybody has their part to play.”

– Jason Turner
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