Chairman of the English Football Association Greg Clarke has said that the former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce was paid off after his contract was “mutually terminated,” reports say.

The job of the former Sunderland boss lasted only 67 days as investigations by the Daily Telegraph reporters revealed Allardyce making indiscreet remarks.

The MPs challenged the FA for their lack of due diligence on Allardyce before he was appointed in July. The FA director of strategy Robert Sullivan joined Clarke to face the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport committee.
“I wasn’t there because I have only been in this post for five weeks but I am assured by board members that they did do due diligence on Mr Allardyce,” said Clarke. He added that significant queries were made before announcing the appointment of Allardyce.

“Significant inquiries were made, we spoke to his former clubs and the League Managers Association – no issues were raised,” Clarke explained in the two-hour session. The FA boss consistently reminded the House that his time in the FA overlapped with Allardyce’s appointment by two weeks. Continue reading CLARKE: ALLARDYCE WAS PAID OFF


Former Arsenal player Ashley Cole said that Arsene Wenger is the best man for the coaching job of England amidst the announcement that Sam Allardyce has been named the successor of Roy Hodgson.

The player, who is currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer, opines that the Frenchman should have been convinced to take over the team as he was the one who could really turn things around for the team.

The 35-year old plays with LA Galaxy in the United States but reckons that the panel set up to select the next manager of England should have worked around his former boss at the Emirates. He played under Wenger for seven years before his controversial move to Stamford Bridge in 2006. The player who has earned 107 caps with the Three Lions has the info on how things work.


England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he wants the players to prove that they have the ability to do well at a major tournament like the Euro 2012. England will be taking part in the Euro 2012 after missing out on the Euro 2008.

It seemed that former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello would be in charge of the team at the Euro 2012, which could have been his final major tournament with England. However, he offered his resignation from the job just a few months ago, which jeopardised the preparations for the tournament from the players.

The English FA only recently appointed former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson as the successor for Fabio Capello. The former West Brom manager has said that he wants the players to prove that they have the ability to do well at a major tournament by giving their all in the opening match against France. England have been drawn in the group that also contains France, Ukraine, and Sweden. It is estimated that France and England will be competing against each other for a place in the quarter finals of the Euro 2012. The two sides have already met each other in a friendly match when Fabio Capello was in charge.

“I’d like to think I have the experience and knowledge to lead that nation into the future. But football’s played by the players. They have to do a good job. There are a lot of people who, after the World Cup in South Africa, will want to prove they are good enough, and I’ll be expecting performances from the players. It’s an opportunity for them to prove they should be involved,” said Roy Hodgson ahead of the preparations for the Euro 2012.

The former liverpool manager began his reign with a 1-0 win over Norway recently.