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Allardyce admits he was 'foolish' says FA chairman

Sam Allardyce admitted he was "foolish" and his behaviour did not "live up to the high standards expected of an England manager," The FA's chairman has said.

Speaking after the meeting between the former England manager and The Football Association, at which it was decided that Allardyce would leave "by mutual agreement", Greg Clarke said Allardyce's comments were "inconsistent with the position as the senior manager of England".

Mr Clarke added that the "tipping point" in the decision for Allardyce to leave came during the meeting, and that The FA was not "embarrassed" by what had happened, but "sad".

Mr Clarke continued that the recent events were "not the plan we had, but we've got to make the new plan work," confirming that Gareth Southgate will take charge of the team for the immediate future.

Allardyce 'disappointed' to leave England manager role

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has said he is "disappointed" to have left his role as England manager.

His statement reads:

"Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company.

"It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.

"This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.

"Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.

"As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.

"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."

Leyton Orient down to nine men after 14 minutes

League Two Leyton Orient followed up the sacking of manager Andy Hessenthaler on Monday by having two men dismissed in the opening 14 minutes on Tuesday against Plymouth.

First James Weir was sent off in the opening minute, before Jens Janse was given his marching orders on his debut.

To add insult, Orient were always 1-0 down thanks to a James Spencer strike.

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