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Allardyce challenging claims over England sacking

Allardyce was sacked after only one game as England boss. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce remains in legal correspondence with the Football Association and disputes the claims which led to his sacking as England manager, Press Association Sport understands.

Allardyce was sacked as national boss after just 67 days and one match and reports on Tuesday suggest he is preparing to sue the governing body for damages.

Allardyce's representatives have been in contact with the FA since his departure last September and that the 62-year-old has challenged the nature of claims made against him in the Daily Telegraph.

It is understood the FA has received and acknowledged a recent letter from Allardyce's camp but the organisation has not commented publicly.

The Telegraph covertly filmed Allardyce making a variety of indiscreet and controversial comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

Allardyce discussed the FA's third-party ownership regulations, which stop third parties owning football players' economic rights.

He also referred to his England manager predecessor Roy Hodgson as 'Woy' in a reference to his speech impediment.

Allardyce also discussed acting as a keynote speaker for investment firms in the Far East, although he did say he would need to run any potential deal "past the powers that be".

The former Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton manager, whose England side beat Slovakia 1-0 in his only game in charge, gave a "sincere and wholehearted apology" for his actions on the day of his dismissal.

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Crystal Palace safe with one more win, says Allardyce

Allardyce has led Palace to 12th in the Premier League, seven points clear of the relegation zone. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce believes Crystal Palace will secure Premier league survival if they beat Burnley at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Wednesday but impressive victories over Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have helped them climb to 12th in the table, seven points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.

One more win would see the Eagles reach 41 points, and Allardyce is confident that mark will be enough to ensure their safety.

We have to recognise the importance of Burnley being just as important as any of the games we have gone through.

The lads need to motivate themselves to get to the level they have been to beat Burnley and put it to bed once and for all, get past the 40-point mark and be safe. It is a big effort I will be asking for the players to give.

Everyone says 'keep your mouth shut' you don't want it to bite you back but I think 41 points will be enough. I think I remember at Blackburn going to Chelsea away and being told we were safe.

You have a Premier League plan and a Championship plan, hopefully you rub the Championship one out and write the Premier League one in ink. We are just sketching it in in pencil at the moment.

– Allardyce press conference
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