England have asked Gareth Southgate to take charge of the next four games after deciding to sack Sam Allardyce as head coach, reports The Sun.
Southgate originally refused to apply for the role following the exit of Roy Hodgson but will be asked to take charge on a semi-temporary basis after holding talks with Dan Ashworth at St George’s Park.
The Football Association find themselves in an unexpected position after Allardyce lost his job following allegations that he accepted a large amount of money to help businessmen take advantage of loopholes in transfer regulations.
The Telegraph set up a sting involving the England manager, in which he called the FA's rules "ridiculous" and also made fun of Hodgson's speech impediment. He accepted £400,000 from the men, promising it would be easy to make money from the Premier League's billion-pound transfer market by circumnavigating laws.
Reporters posed as representatives of a Far East consortium looking to buy the economic rights of footballers, something that is illegal in the Premier League. Allardyce also agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador.
He travelled to FA headquarters to meet with senior bosses on Tuesday. Asked to explain himself, it appears the former Blackburn, West Ham and Bolton manager was unable to save his position. Some reports would have us believed he was sacked while others claim he offered to resign.
Games Southgate could be in charge for
- Malta 8th October
- Slovenia 11th October
- Scotland 11th November
- Spain 15th November (Friendly)
Attention will soon fall on Southgate, who could be put in place in time for England's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia. Allardyce was due to name his squad on Sunday, a job that will now fall on someone else.
However, with the England Under-21s still needing a win to guarantee qualification to next summer's European Championships, there is no guarantee he will accept the role.