Big Sam’s wheeler dealer lifestyle and greed led to his downfall, not entrapment
Before he’d even pulled on his Three Lions tracksuit for the first time, met all of his new players, or taken his first training session as England Boss, Sam Allardyce had used his now elevated position to earn himself some extra wedge.
The deal was brokered on the grounds that the new England boss would advise the prospective businessmen on how to bend the FA’s rules on player transfers, it was of course a sting set up by The Telegraph that has now cost Big Sam the job he longed for throughout his career.
Just as Big Sam had been ushered into clubs to save them from certain doom, the likes of Sunderland, Blackburn and West Ham, the same can be said for the reasoning behind his England appointment.
With England faltering at the big tournaments now becoming a regular and almost expected occurrence, many had hoped the new man in charge would pick up the pieces of our failed national team like he had so many relegation threatened Premier League sides. He failed in quick and spectacular fashion.
There have of course been plenty of failed England managers before Allardyce, with Mclaren’s soggy umbrella, Capello’s race row over Terry and Hoddle’s opinionated views on the disabled still long in the memory of England fans, The Three Lions hot seat seems every bit the most poisoned chalice in football.
However, never before has an England manager made a mess of his new found stardom in such a thrillingly short and morally sketchy space of time. Appointed in July and gone in September, the former Bolton boss’ greed and rash decision making should be solely to blame, not entrapment.
After this most recent debacle, the England Managers job remains undefined, wrapped in huge expectation and bathed in tremendous pressure. But above all else, it puts you in the spotlight right from the get go, and for Allardyce to go ahead and wager this dodgy deal is, for lack of a more fitting word, completely foolish.
The FA was completely right to accept his resignation and his claims regarding entrapment should be palmed away without even so much as a second thought, he made the mistake, now he should go away, reflect, and pray that this doesn’t spell the end of what was previously a respected and fulfilled career in the English game.