News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

Follow The Sun

Your Sun

The Sun, A News UK Company
TOP
London
Now 0°C
9pm 0°C
What a fool

Neil Ashton: Sam Allardyce should’ve kept his eye on the ball after landing England job… not cash

The England manager must come into the job with clean hands, but the Telegraph have exposed the dirt under his fingernails

IT looks bad, Sam. It is bad, Sam. Greedy. And grubby.

All the goodwill for England?셲 head coach has gone. In record time.

Sam Allardyce was exposed by a Telegraph investigation
Getty Images
7
Sam Allardyce was exposed by a Telegraph investigation

Newspaper allegations, published by the Daily Telegraph, have stained his character.

The England manager must come into the job with clean hands.

But the Telegraph, with their powerful investigation, have exposed the dirt under his fingernails.

Allardyce needs a good scrub after this shameful episode.

His judgment has been impaired by the prospect of pocketing 짙400,000 on the side.

He could not wait. He did not wait. Big Bad Sam wanted the money.

What a fool.

The England boss only landed the job this summer, but is already on the brink
Action Images via Reuters
7
The England boss only landed the job this summer, but is already on the brink
Allardyce was targeted by undercover reporters talking about third party owned players
Reuters
7
Allardyce was targeted by undercover reporters talking about third party owned players

Allardyce convinced us all that this was the only job he has ever wanted.

He cherished it. Loved it. Craved it. Blew it.

In his defence, he will tell us that he never got to count out the cold, hard cash.

If the Telegraph had followed through with their extravagant package, it would have been wired to his current account in혻record time.

To offer to guide the Telegraph?셲 investigation team through the murky world of third party ownership is another stain on his character.

He should have left all that stuff behind when he quit Sunderland to become England?셲 head coach.

For some managers, the politics of player trading is irresistible. As if he needed reminding, it is not his business any more.

What a sad day for Allardyce. Another sad day for English football.

England?셲 painful last-16 exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 sapped the spirit and the energy out of the country?셲 football fans.

Never again, we said.

Big Sam told us the England job was the one he wanted.

Sam Allardyce gives first news conference since becoming England Manager
Sam Allardyce with FA chief executive Martin Glenn
EPA
7
Sam Allardyce was filmed on camera calling Roy Hodgson 'Woy'

The ultimate dream, he told us. The pinnacle of his career, he told us. That means nothing now.

He is paid 짙2.5million a year to be in charge of the national team. Plenty enough.

Shamefully he has put his position ??an ambassadorial one and a prestigious one ??at risk.

What is clear is that he could not wait to get his hands on a nice little earner on the side.

To use his powerful position. To abuse his powerful position.

That is not the job of the England manager.

When Roy Hodgson was approached by watchmaker Hublot ??where his son works as a designer ??he asked permission from the FA first.

The rose gold piece was a freebie, with one designed for the World Cup in 2014 and another for the disastrous Euros last summer.

On both occasions, because there was no financial inducement, Hodgson was given permission to accept the gift.

How Allardyce will wish he could turn back the clock now.

It is not becoming of an England manager to mock his predecessor by using a cruel nickname ???쁗oy????for Hodgson.

That alone merits a private apology to England?셲 former head coach.

As for the rest of it, such as his criticism of Gary Neville, it is, for the most part, pub talk.

Tittle-tattle, the sort of thing most observers would agree with after a disastrous showing at Euro 2016.

Sam Allardyce speaks out on tv on behalf of former job My Club Betting
Sam Allardyce has only been in charge of England for one game
Reuters
7
Sam Allardyce has only been in charge of England for one game
Allardyce during England's qualifier against Slovakia
Getty Images
7
Allardyce during England's qualifier against Slovakia

The rest of it reads very much like an exclusive interview, sharing the sort of view most England supporters would agree with.

It is the shady stuff that the FA will have a serious problem with.

Taking your agent and a lawyer to a business meeting is not a defence ??it makes it worse.

By taking them along to meet the bogus money men, it suggested Allardyce was up for doing a bit of business.

He wanted to get down to the nitty gritty, to thrash out terms and see what he could get away with.

To make matters worse, he had only just got the Three Lions job.

As if he needs reminding, this is the most privileged position in the country?셲 national sport.

Sam Allardyce shows his Gangnam Style moves on A League of Their Own

It is not an open invitation to make as much money as humanely possible until England are booted out of another tournament. Eyes on the job, fella.

It is not as if it is not big enough after the country?셲 failure to get past Iceland in the finals back on June 27.

This is a full-time job, Sam, with massive responsibilities.

One of them is to respect the position. He has not done that.

In the days to come he will need to find a way to wriggle out of this mess because it is not about to go away.

He was due to make the squad announcement on Sunday for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

Before he gets to that he will need the lucky coin he was given at the Slovakia game more than ever.

Watch all the action from this weekend in the Premier League round-up

Watch ALL혻the goals from the Premier League before anyone else for FREE plus all혻the latest news, fixtures and results and혻live match commentary all on the go with the혻new Sun Football App ?벬?a href="http://smarturl.it/sunfootballapp" target="_blank">click here to download


FACEBOOK-PROMO-FOOTBALL2

Comments