Former England soccer team manager Sam Allardyce leaves his home in Bolton.
Former England soccer team manager Sam Allardyce leaves his home in Bolton. Dave Howarth

Allardyce makes 'entrapment' claim after being forced out

FOOTBALL: Former England manager Sam Allardyce has claimed "entrapment won” after he was forced to quit his job following newspaper allegations he advised undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to "get around” player transfer rules.

Allardyce, whose reign of 67 days was the shortest for an England boss, admitted it was a "silly thing to do”.

"Unfortunately it was an error of judgment on my behalf,” added the former Sunderland, Bolton and Newcastle manager. "I've paid the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that.”

Allardyce has now been quoted as 8-1 by bookmakers to be the next Swansea City manager, but when asked if the England role would be his last job in management, the 61-year-old said: "Who knows? We'll wait and see.”

The Daily Telegraph defended its investigation.

"We began looking into corruption in English football last year after receiving information about specific managers, officials and agents - before Allardyce was appointed England manager,” said a newspaper spokesperson.

"We have an obligation to investigate important stories that are clearly within the public interest and adhere to our industry codes of practice in doing so.”

Allardyce told Sky Sports he had only attended the meeting with the undercover reporters as a favour to friend and agent Scott McGarvey, who he says was hoping to land a job out of it.


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