Allardyce: Entrapment has cost me England job

Sam Allardyce has told journalists "entrapment has won on this occasion" the day after he left his position as England manager after just one game in charge.

A Daily Telegraph investigation claims Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offer advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.

Speaking outside his home, Allardyce said: "It was a silly thing to error of judgment on my behalf. Entrapment has won on this occasion. I'm off abroad to chill out and reflect on it."

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Allardyce's financial adviser refuses to comment on scandal

Sam Allardyce's financial adviser refused to comment on the scandal that caused the former England manager's sacking today when confronted by ITV News.

Shane Maloney was with Big Sam and the manager's agent at two controversial meetings where Allardyce agreed to strike a £400,000 deal with undercover newspaper reporters posing as businessmen from the Far East.

Maloney - who is fellow director of a string of businesses linked to Allardyce - has not been seen since the scandal was broken on Monday by the Daily Telegraph.

But today Maloney refused to answer questions about the affair after being confronted by ITV News during a chance encounter on the Tube.

Sports Minister urges probe into claims against Allardyce

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has called for the claims against Sam Allardyce to be "investigated fully" in the wake of his sacking as England manager.

Ms Crouch, along with Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, have already been in touch with the football authorities and officials are set to hold further talks with The FA, Premier League and Football League.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph alleged Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.

Ms Crouch said: "The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have been clear that we expect the highest standards of governance and transparency from sports governing bodies, here in the UK and on the international stage.

"In this context, the recent allegations concerning English football are very concerning and we will be discussing the matter with the football authorities. All the evidence presented to them must be investigated fully and we stand ready to assist in any way we can."

McClaren: FA must investigate claims against Allardyce

Former England manager Steve McClaren has said The FA must "cut out" any wrongdoing from football and investigate the claims against Sam Allardyce.

McClaren's comments were made in the wake of an investigation by The Daily Telegraph which alleged ex-England manager Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.


McClaren: It could have happened to anyone

Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce have come up against each other in the past. Credit: Reuters

Former England boss Steve McClaren says anyone could have been caught out like Sam Allardyce.

The ex-Bolton manager lost the England job on Tuesday following comments he made to undercover reporters.

McClaren, who was speaking at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester, expressed his disappointment for Allardyce on a personal level, after he only lasted 67 days as England manager.

It could have happened to any of us in a high-profile position and Sam has innocently paid the price and it just shows where sport is, at the elite level, that privacy can only be found in the four walls of your home.

And I think a lot of managers, who have been targeted, have unfortunately found that out, too.

We need closure on this so the newspapers and reporters should give their information to the FA so they can step in - if there is anything there, it's got to be cut out of the game.

Personally, I'm very sad and disappointed. Professionally, I think if there is information about anything bad the FA should deal with it because nobody wants to see a corrupt game.

– Steve McClaren

Scudamore: There's no room for malpractice in football

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore says there is no place for malpractice in football.

His comments come in the wake of Sam Allardyce's exit from the England job. Scudamore told ITV News that the correct protocols need to be in place in order to ensure football is corruption free.

There's very there is no room for any malpractice.

The money doesn't concern me but when there is money around you have to make sure the governing procedures are in place.

– Richard Scudamore

Man United boss Mourinho feels sorry for Allardyce

Jose Mourinho has sympathy for Allardyce. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for Sam Allardyce following his brief spell as England manager.

Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Zorya on Thursday, the Portuguese explained that he doesn't any differently of Allardyce after he was caught up in the scandal that caused his demise.

The only thing I can say is that I like Sam, I feel sorry for that because I know it was the dream job [for him] and I feel very sorry.

The second thing is that what happened is not going to interfere in any way in my relationship with him, I liked him and respected him before and that is not going to change.

The third thing is that this is between him and the FA and I have nothing to say about it really.

– Jose Mourinho
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