Many thought things couldn't get worse for now former England boss, Sam Allardyce. The 61-year-old was removed from his post after just 67 days following a sting by British newspaper, the Telegraph.
The ultimate heartbreak for a manager whom was desperate to lead his country into a major tournament. However, the Mirror have now revealed that the FA have delivered yet another agonising blow to further humiliate Allardyce.
Turns out, England players received a postcard two days after the departure of the former Sunderland boss entitled, 'The journey has begun'.
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Underneath the headline, the text also read: “Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Sam Allardyce.” The former manager's signature was also handwritten on the cards as well.
The motivational messages arrived on the players' doorsteps on Thursday despite the cards reading that they had been written up on the Tuesday - the same day Allardyce was famously removed from his post following the scandal.
This mishap follows the FA also having to dispose of over 4,000 t-shirts they were planning to give away at England's next game with the title, “The journey starts with us all pulling together”.
The situation reflects the current tattered state of the FA following the exposure of corruption lead by the Telegraph.
Many other Premier League level managers appear set to follow in the footsteps of Allardyce and be named and shamed by the press in the coming days.
Gareth Southgate was named interim boss for the next four games as England's 'journey' continues at Wembley on Saturday against European minnows, Malta.
As for the next permanent national boss, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is a name craved by many, while the likes of Alan Pardew and Steve Bruce remain candidates for the position as they were prior to the hire of Allardyce.
The journey has ended though for the former Bolton man and now a new one must begin in order to drag the English national side out of the rut it is currently in.
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