Sam Allardyce mocks Roy Hodgson's speech in undercover report

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The FA are planning to investigate Sam Allardyce after he was filmed advising fictitious businessmen on how to get around FA transfer rules.

The group of undercover reporters were posing as investors representing a Far East firm who were hoping to profit from the Premier League’s transfer market.

They met with the England manager on two occasions, in which he discussed bypassing rules regarding third-party ownership and also mocked his predecessor, Roy Hodgson.

Allardyce became manager of the national team following England’s miserable Euro 2016 campaign.

But his one match in charge - a 1-0 win over Slovakia on September 4 - could very well prove to be his only match after the Telegraph’s sting.

In the meeting, Allardyce mocked Hodgson’s speech impediment and also said Gary Neville, England number two in France, should have been told to “sit down and shut up”.

The 61-year-old also pinned England’s dismal record in tournaments on a “psychological barrier”.

Speech impediment

Allardyce was asked if Hodgson had outside earnings, to which he replied: “No, he wouldn’t want to, he’d send them all to sleep, Roy. Woy. He hasn’t got the personality for it.”

The FA accused The Sun newspaper of being “disrespectful” and “in poor taste” in 2012 after the tabloid carried the headline: “Woy Gets England Job… Bwing On The Euwos”.

Allardyce then said Hodgson’s indecisiveness carried over to his players after they suffered an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.

“Psychologically, we can’t cope,” he said. “There’s a psychological barrier.” 

Too indecisive

“The players let [Hodgson] down in the end. I think maybe he was too indecisive. Cast a bit of an anxiety over to the players maybe. If that ever happened to me as a manager, I’d be absolutely gutted. It would be my fault.

“So I’d have come in at half time and gone, right: bang bang bang bang bang. And then if that didn’t work I’d have gone bang, substitute, substitute, know what I mean, and changed the complete style in the team…but he ummed and ah-ed and Gary Neville arguing about when to bring Rashford on.

“They were arguing for 10 minutes about bringing him on, him and Gary Neville. So Gary was the wrong influence for him… ----ing, tell Gary to sit down and shut up, you do what you want. You’re the manager, you do what you want, not what anyone else wants.”

Club vs country

Allardyce, who was rejected by the FA when he applied for the England job in 2006, said there would be only one battle in any club versus country row.

“When they finish the game on Sunday I’m in control of the players. Not them,” he said, referring to a player’s manager.

“So if I want to call them up, I’ll call them up, whether they say I can or I can’t. I’ll call them up anyway. I don’t give a s--- about what you say.”

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