The FA feared further embarrassment over Sam Allardyce allegations

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The Football Association announced on Tuesday that Sam Allardyce had left his role as England manager by mutual consent but it is widely believed he was forced out of his position just 67 days after taking it.

Allardyce has been caught up in a sting set up by The Telegraph, who released footage of him appearing to accept a £400,000 fee to help a Far East consortium profit from Premier League transfers.

Reporters posed as businessmen and secretly filmed the 61-year-old as he called the FA's rules on third-party ownership of players "ridiculous" and claimed they would be "easy" to get around. He also poked fun at Roy Hodgson and criticised Gary Neville.

It took less than 24 hours for FA bosses to come to a decision and Gareth Southgate has been placed in temporary charge of the senior squad. The England Under-21 manager will take charge of their next four games.

But The Telegraph have promised plenty more revelations were to come in the near future and it is exactly that reason why the FA felt they had to take action on Tuesday. The Mirror claim that there was a genuine fear that Allardyce will suffer further embarrassment in the coming days.

They say that the story published would have been enough to see Allardyce lose his job anyway but they expect far worse to come out later this week.

Fresh claims

Today, the same newspaper will run a story claiming eight former and current Premier League managers have taken "bungs", meaning illicit payments for agreeing transfer deals or player contracts.

They have also confirmed they will be exposing a Premier League assistant manager, who accepted a bribe on camera in a similar sting to that of Allardyce. It appears as though the levels of corruption could give the FA their biggest crisis in years.

'A laughing stock'

Some ex-England internationals have reacted to the news and none of them are happy about it. Alan Shearer, in particular, made his feelings perfectly clear on his Twitter account.

"I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm staggered at the misjudgement from a guy who said this was his dream job," the former striker told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I didn't think England could stoop any lower from what happened in the summer at the Euros. Now here we are, a laughing stock of world football.

"It looks a poisoned chalice. All those managers that have left for right or wrong reasons. It's a very, very difficult job - some would say the impossible job."

Speaking to BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand had a similar opinion. He said: "The England role has become comical.

"This was a man who was passionate about getting the job. He forced the FA to act. Naivety seems to be the word coming up. It's disappointing for English football."

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