As Sam Allardyce's future as England manager hangs in the balance, a former prominent employee at the FA has offered up a potential route for the former West Ham and Sunderland boss to save his job.
Appointed just 67 days ago, Allardyce is currently fighting to keep hold of his role as national team manager after The Telegraph published a video on Monday in which the 61-year-old made several embarrassing, and potentially sackable, remarks to reporters posing as Far East investors.
Comments on getting around rules against third party player ownership, a potential £400,000 pay day for a business proposition in Asia, and even the ridiculing of Roy Hodgson meant an emergency meeting with FA chiefs today. Indeed, The Times has since reported that Allardyce is expected to be sacked.
However, the FA's former communications director Julian Eccles has, this afternoon, outlined a three-point plan of action that could see the veteran manager save his job.
"We cannot have such a senior figure in our game being so disrespectful of such important rules and also having his head turned by the prospect of earning extra money by an outside commercial organisation," Eccles told the BBC, via The Guardian.
"The only way he can survive is if he apologises profusely for this, secondly that he declares himself to be absolutely devoted, single-mindedly, to England’s qualification for the World Cup – and does not take any outside commercial interests.
"And thirdly, that he provides evidence to the FA of these agents who he says are still indulging in this malpractice."
Essentially, then, Allardyce must publicly grovel to all those he has offended in the video released by The Telegraph.
He must double down on his commitment to the national team. And he must become an informant for any authorities who come searching for the men trying to ruin the game.
Considering how much the ex-Black Cats boss seemed to genuinely love having landed the biggest job of his career, you would think Allardyce would be more than willing to do all three of those things if he meant he could keep himself in the employment of the FA.
However, with the latest reports suggesting he is as good as gone already, it remains to be seen whether he will even get that opportunity.
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