Posted on September 30th, 2016
SAM Allardyce was in dreamland on 22 July 2016 as he landed the job he craved the most in his long managerial career by landing the England job.
Just 67 days later, that hard work at Preston, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland to reach the pinnacle of his career was undone after a night of sheer madness as he was done like a kipper by undercover journalists acting as Far East Businessmen, who got him to reveal how to get round FA rules on player transfers and third party ownership.
That advice on his employers strict legislation left his position untenable and saw Big Sam lose his dream job after just one match.
The meeting, which took place during Allardyce’s Singapore and Hong Kong trip as an “ambassador”, also saw him slag off his predecessor Roy Hodgson and his coach Gary Neville and criticise his employers decision to redevelop Wembley more than 15 years ago.
It is thought the advice he was giving to the fake Businessmen was worth £400,000 to the 61 year old.
When you take into consideration Big Sam’s salary was £3million per year, it’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the predicament he ended up in.
To be frank, Sam Allardyce is an idiot for gambling his dream job on a meeting that was worth less than two months wages!
His actions sum up the greed in modern football, where even a £3million annual salary is apparently not enough money for a man who is paid to manage a few games per year and watch a couple of matches per week, lapping up the free hospitality that comes with it.
Regarding his comments on getting around the FA’s rules, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that Allardyce would say such things given that he has a reputation as a wheeler-dealer and that he was once he subject of a Panorama investigation allegedly taking a bung, although the Police found no evidence to take further action.
Despite that, it’s still baffling that Big Sam found himself in this position pouring out all he knows to people he’d never met. You’d think at his age that he’d be wise enough to notice that these guys were not who they said they were? Allegedly, other targets walked out of meetings almost instantly though there are reports that more “victims” are to be revealed as part of the Daily Telegraph’s investigation.
As much of an idiot he is for falling for the Daily Telegraph’s trap, Allardyce must be fuming at his advisors for setting up this meeting in the first place for not doing their homework before realising these guys were not businessmen.
Also, it once again proves that the media cannot be trusted, no matter how friendly people are to them, which Allardyce was, they will kick you at the first opportunity. The English media don’t care who they’re hurting and the embarrassment it shows to the FA, as previously proven in the cases of Sven Goran Eriksson and their countries bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Arguably, it is moralistically wrong for the media to stick the knife into a man who was overly generous to them but, in their industries eyes, that matters not a jot when it comes to generating sales and publicity for their organisation, and it certainly doesn’t excuse Sam Allardyce’s conduct.
Losing a manager in controversial circumstances is the last thing England needed in the wake of a dismal Euro 2016 showing, culminated in that shock defeat to Iceland (well, shock to them not necessarily others aware of a side who beat Holland twice in qualifying) and the immediate resignation of Roy Hodgson.
After Allardyce, there wasn’t a high calibre of options to choose from, with Steve Bruce seemingly next in line if the ex-Sunderland gaffer didn’t take the job, and that field hasn’t improved in those 67 days.
Gareth Southgate, a failure at Middlesbrough having got them relegated, temporarily steps into the breach for the next four matches, three of them World Cup qualifiers that includes a visit from Scotland on 11 November.
It’s a tough ask for Southgate to step up from England Under 21 manager to handle a group of confused players working under their third National manager inside four months.
Southgate had previously stated he didn’t want the job in the wake of Hodgson’s departure, but has agreed to oversee a crucial period whilst the FA take their time in identifying the next victim to sit in one of the most difficult positions in International Football.
As for Sam Allardyce, the big question will be will he be employed in football again?
A lot will depend on how much further his now former employers want to take regarding his comments. Undoubtedly, his comments have brought the game into disrepute, and the FA may choose to impose further punishment, which could include a ban from all football activities for a period of time.
However, we all know that football has little or no morals and struggling Premier League clubs at Christmas will no doubt consider giving him an SOS to preserve another top flight clubs status.
For now, Big Sam will be cursing taking a Big Fat Cheque that cost him his Big job.
What a plonker!