Confirmed: FA announces the name of next interim England manager
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Confirmed: FA announces the name of next interim England manager

Gareth Southgate has been named as interim manager of the England team after Sam Allardyce left the job.

Allardyce left his position after he was filmed offering to help reporters masquerading as businessmen to ‘get around’ rules about third-party ownership of players.

The 61-year-old also used his position as Three Lions boss to negotiate a £400,000 ambassadorial role with the group.

It is unknown how long it could take for the FA to find a new permanent England boss, but Southgate will lead the team in to three World Cup qualifiers.

England play Malta and Slovenia in October, with Scotland then coming to Wembley in November.

On top of this the Three Lions face Spain in a friendly on November 15th.

Southgate comes in the interim role after leading England under-21s since 2013 – who failed to get out of the group stages of the under-21s European Championships last year.

Before that the former defender was in charge of Middlesbrough, who were relegated from the Premier League under his stewardship.

Allardyce was targeted in a Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged corruption in English football, and the departure of the 61-year-old after just 67 days at the helm was announced following crisis talks involving FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn.

“Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager,” read an FA statement.

“He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Allardyce described the Three Lions post as the culmination of his career in football and his dream job, but it has ended in embarrassment and recrimination.

When taking the reins from Roy Hodgson in July, following an abject Euro 2016 performance, he had denied the England national side was at rock bottom.

It seems impossible to reject the same contention now, as evidenced by the grave language used by the FA.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football,” continued the statement.

“The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

“Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst the FA begins its search for the new England manager.

“The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”

Allardyce gave a “sincere and wholehearted apology” for his part in the messy divorce.

“Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company,” he said in a personal statement on the FA website.

“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.”

 

 

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