Sam Allardyce 'Jealous' of England Successor Gareth Southgate

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13 Jun 2018 14:37

Former England boss Sam Allardyce says he is "jealous" of Gareth Southgate and believes it should be him leading the national team at the World Cup.

Allardyce left his post as England coach by mutual agreement in September 2016 after only one match in charge.

His exit followed claims by a newspaper that he gave advice on how to "get around" player transfer rules.

In a BBC documentary to air on Sunday, Allardyce said of his departure: "That decision was made very hastily."

Allardyce, 63, who has since gone on to manage Crystal Palace and Everton, was only at the helm for a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia in September 2016.

Adam Lallana's injury-time goal gave England a 1-0 win before Allardyce's reign ended after only 67 days, making him the national side's shortest-serving full-time manager.

He left after he was filmed by undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph posing as businessmen for a meeting at which Allardyce reportedly said it was "not a problem" to bypass rules on third-party player ownership, and claimed he knew of agents who were "doing it all the time".

The Telegraph investigation also claimed that a £400,000 deal was struck for Allardyce to represent the company to Far East investors and to be a keynote speaker at events - although he stressed he would have to "run that by" his employers.

The FA called his conduct inappropriate and Allardyce made a "wholehearted apology" - adding that he recognised some of his comments had "caused embarrassment".

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