Sam Allardyce is in danger of losing his job as the England national team head coach after being caught on camera advising ‘businessmen’ on how to bypass Football Association transfer rules.
The 61-year-old was filmed negotiating a £400,00 deal with reporters from the Telegraph, who were posing as investors, while he also explained how to get around rules introduced by the FA in 2008 over third-party ownership.
This occurred before Allardyce, who secured a victory over Slovakia in his first match in charge of the Three Lions earlier this month, had even held his first training session with his new players.
Speculation is now rife that Allardyce, who replaced Roy Hodgson after leaving Sunderland in the summer, will be sacked by the FA.
It’s still unclear at this stage what decision the FA, although a spokesman has told The Sun newspaper: “We have asked the Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter and are awaiting their response.”
Allardyce tells friends he thinks he will be sacked
The Sun have also exclusively revealed that Allardyce has told friends he thinks he will be sacked as England manager.
After being quizzed by FA chiefs in a meeting on Monday, Allardyce is reportedly convinced that England officials will sack him before next week’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Malta.
Who are the frontrunners to replace Big Sam?
But if the experienced Englishman is sacked, who will the FA turn to next?
Alan Pardew is currently the 4/1 favourite to replace Allardyce with SkyBet, followed by Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe, Gareth Southgate and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Harry Redknapp is priced at 25/1 to get the job, Louis van Gaal at 28s, and what about Sir Alex Ferguson? The former Manchester United boss is 50/1 to get the gig after his old pal, Allardyce.
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