It was meant to be the pinnacle of his career, a job Sam had flirted with in his pressers during his club managerial years, to be fair ...
It was meant to be the pinnacle of his career, a job Sam had flirted with in his pressers during his club managerial years, to be fair he was never going to have a chance to take the reins at a top club in the league and this was it.
The England job is a poisoned chalice, very hard to satisfy, dealing with pressures from the FA, media, and colleagues. Past managers have been forced to drink from it, surprisingly, Allardyce went to his as communion.
Tuesday's revelation revealed the precarious situation the boss was facing and how hard it was for him to retain the job.
The release of an investigative video showed Sam Allardyce accompanied by associates dealing with representatives of an Asian firm looking to solicit his services and the now ex-England head coach talking about his predecessors and his employers.
But what exactly cost Big Sam his job?
The video showed Big Sam advising these representatives on how to still beat the FA on the Third-party system.
The third party system involves an agent or an investor owning part of the financial rights to a player, meaning transfer fees are partly paid to them when a player moves clubs, rather than the buying club paying all the money to the selling club.
The FA had banned this system in 2008 with FIFA following suit in 2015. The rules outlaw any entity that is not a club from having “any rights” in relation to the transfer of a player.
But Allardyce would go on to explain a way around the rules. If the company were to have an agent working for it, then that agent could represent the individual players and so be entitled to commission, which would be a percentage of any sell-on fees.
Allardyce told the undercover reporters posing as representatives of this Asian firm that the banned practice was still possible in “all of South America, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, all of Africa” and that the Ecuadorean player Enner Valencia had been under a third party ownership agreement when he signed him for £12 million for West Ham from a Mexican club in 2014.
You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee, that the agent pays to you, the company,” Big Sam said, revealing that such percentages could now amount to “millions and millions of pounds.” He would also suggest having someone dedicated to that role and saying how lucrative the business was for investment companies.
For the FA, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. It had championed the cause of kicking out against third parties and the horrors the system caused to players who had no say in their football careers, to have an employee willing to teach people how to circumvent the rules and still retain him would be nothing short of hypocritical.
Big Sam had mentioned a lot in his press conference even bashing his employers at a point and colleagues but that would not be the problem. The FA in its statement says its priority is protecting the wider interest of the game and unfortunately, Big Sam was no cover.
Allardyce was a man known for his long and direct style of play, it is a pity his long and direct talks became his downfall. He could have been the coach the FA always hopes they appoint but instead he goes down as the permanent manager with the short stay in the Three Lions Books