Sam Allardyce has been exposed by a team of Investigators from the Daily Telegraph, after he “used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal, and offered advice to businessmen on how to ‘get around’ FA rules on player transfers”.
Allardyce reportedly held a meeting with Investigators from the Telegraph, who were masquerading as businessmen representing a Far-East firm looking to profit from the billion-pound transfer market of the Premier League.
The investigators have been conducting a 10-month inspection that revealed evidence of bribery and corruption in British Football. As a part of the investigation, a meeting was set up with the England manager, , who at the time was still yet to have his first training session after being appointed.
In the meeting, Allardyce was secretly filmed, and video evidence showed some shocking revelations.
The 61-year-old agreed to travel to Hong Kong and Singapore as an ambassador to discuss with the ‘businessmen’ about how they could get around the FA’s rules that prohibit a third party ownership of a player.
Allardyce revealed that he knew several agents who “did it all the time,” and claimed that avoiding the “ridiculous rules” wasn’t a problem.
Third-party ownership refers to companies being allowed to own a stake in a footballer, and has been branded as slavery. The FA banned such ownership in 2008, and FIFA joined the party in 2015, by also deciding to put a stop to third-party ownership.
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However, Allardyce agreed to meet with these so-called businessmen to discuss how to get around the issue, and revealed that West Ham player Enner Valencia was under third-party ownership when he signed for the club under Allardyce in 2014.
During the interview, Allardyce was also seen insulting his predecessor Roy Hodgson and his team. He imitated Hodgson, referring to him as “Woy”, saying the manager was too indecisive in England’s defeat to Iceland at the Euros, and accused Gary Neville of being a wrong influence.
The Telegraph have now decided to reveal all of what Allaryce told them, and will be bringing more information regarding the subject to light in the upcoming days.
As quoted by the Daily Telegraph, here’s what Sam Allardyce had to say:
On why Roy Hodgson, former England manager, would not be a good public speaker:
“He’d send them all to sleep, Roy. Woy. He hasn’t got the personality for it.”
On where Roy Hodgson went wrong as England manager:
“Players let him down in the end. I think maybe he, he was too indecisive. Cast a bit of an anxiety over to the players maybe. I mean prior to the Iceland game, he won all 10 qualifiers. We’d drawn with Russia, we should have won. We beat Wales, and that was our worst performance. We drew with Slovakia, and we only had to draw with Iceland to get through … he just collapsed.”
On Gary Neville, former assistant manager England manager, advising Hodgson on the decision to substitute on Marcus Rashford during the match against Iceland in the Euros:
“They were arguing for 10 minutes about bringing him on, him and Gary Neville. So Gary was the wrong influence for him. F***ing tell Gary to sit down and shut up, so you can do what you want. You’re the manager, you do what you want, not what they anyone else.”
On the chances of footballers playing for England:
“Can’t play them then. Joe Hart. Jack Wilshere, on the bench for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench. You can play them, but they’re not playing for the club. When they’re not playing for the club, they’re just short of match practice.”
On Wembley Stadium:
“They [the FA] stupidly spent £870 million on Wembley, so they’re still paying that debt off. They completely rebuilt it. If they’d built it anywhere else, it would have cost about £400 million. They completely floored it and then rebuilt the new stadium which is fabulous, but that sort of debt is not really what you want. Most of the money the FA make[s] will go to the interest on the debt.”
On the gambling habits of current or former senior England players:
“[A club owner] bailed [a player] out twice. That’s players for you, dealing with the boredom, see. It were worse in our time … we gambled more in our time than they do now. We played cards, played cards all the way back [from away matches] … you’d do your wages in.”
On the Football Association:
“They’re all about making money aren’t they? You know the FA’s the richest football association in the world? Well, I shouldn’t say that. They’re not the richest at all. What they do is they have the biggest turnover in the world with £325 million.”
On the Duke of Cambridge failing to appear at the launch of the Euro 2020 football tournament:
“The only one that never turned up was Prince William. He’s our ambassador for the Football Association, so it would have been nice if he’d have turned up but he obviously had more, much busier things on.”
On Prince Harry:
“Harry’s a naughty boy. He’s a very naughty boy, very naughty. He shows his bottom and all sorts.”
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