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England Manager Sam Allardyce In Hot Water

9:17 am, Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

The Telegraph mounted a sting operation against Sam Allardyce the England manager, that now could end his tenure in the job he has craved for so many years.

The paper is reporting today that Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400K deal with who turned out to be fictitious business men in the Telegraph sting.

It’s the big news in football on this Tuesday morning.


Sam Allardyce may not be smiling for long

The Telegraph has worked for 10 months on this hoax to reveal that there is widespread corruption in British Football especially around the Premier League.

This purported deal was supposed to be with a Far East firm wanting to profit from the Premier League’s billion-pound transfer market and being third parties in the ownership of players.

Sam traveled to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador and explained how the (fictitious) firm could circumvent the existing FA rules.

Those FA rules prohibit third parties “owning” players as is done in some other parts of the football world.

Sam also made these other comments and is on video saying them:

  • Criticised Roy Hodgson, saying “Woy” (Roy has a small speech impediment) and mentioning he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking
  • England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”
  • Suggested players who were not being played for their club should not be picked for England
  • Described the FA decision to redevelop Wembley as being “stupid” and a complete waste of money.

Wherever there is huge money available, as in the Premier League these days with the huge new three year deal, it will attract corruption.

So Sam could be out of his England job fairly quickly if the FA decide to act on the Telegraph report and fire him in the next few days.

It’s a job he’s been after for years.

He could even return at some point to Sunderland so it could even be good news for Sunderland supporters.

Tags: Corruption · England News · Financials · International News · Newcastle News · Other News

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    If we’re still only fifth in January with the best GD and four points off the lead, I think we can safely say that Rafa isn’t getting the best out of this star studded squad and we should look at replacing him with a manager who knows the Championship, Neil Warnock would be ideal, a proven track record at getting teamspromoted. We could sack Rafa in January, hire Warnock and then ask Rafa to come bac in August, or better still ask Rafa to be Colin’s assistant until then.

  • 2 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Big Sam, big ego, big mouth, big trouble.

    He’ll no doubt say his comments were taken out of context but, where there’s smoke…..

  • 3 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM


    Do I detect a hint of sarcasm in your post?

  • 4 Average_Contents // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    I’ve got no drum only bongo’s.

    Does that count?

  • 5 hibbit // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    There’s a rhetoric developing on here thats anti all things newcastle
    i think its sad that so called newcastle fans feel the need to adopt this sniper attitude

  • 6 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:31 AM


    You are of course right about Rafa. Maybe if McLaren’s available he might be worth another punt given his record of success wherever he’s managed!

  • 7 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:32 AM


    Keep your bongos out of it!

  • 8 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Oh dear Sam, be shocked if he gets sacked though

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Personally I think we should be in one if the top two league places by January. Not only for the purposes of promotion but also to attract the right quality of player that will relish the opportunity of being in the PL. Admittedly I do find it easier to be critical, especially when my expectations are not met but I do balance my comments with praise also.

  • 10 Byker Boy // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I think he’s been found out well and truly this time,He’s been investigated in the past for financial irregularities but somehow survived. Don’t know why he was given the job in the first place get him out !

  • 11 Legolas // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    They broke this news last night on talk sport. The wise Mr Jason Cundy thinks big Sam has done nothing wrong. Others, I feel would disagree.

  • 12 Tsunki // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Maybe Sam will become available and be free to help us get out of the tactical doldrums this Benitez character has steered us into. John Carver would probably be an ideal assistant.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    I wonder if he’s been taking any legal advice from floppy chops on the matter.

    Two dinosaurs of a bygone era.

  • 14 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Pardew to replace big Sam is favourite with bookies haha

    Probably do just as well as Sam tbf

  • 15 BandB // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM


    I think a good chunk of the population has a gnawing sense of panic that it isn’t seeing the bigger picture and that there’s no-one they can hold to account for it.
    I think it explains the popularity of outliers who have come to the fore in public life. A football blog is a fairly harmless place for people to vent their wider frustrations.
    In the Allardyce case, the only thing we can be sure of is that the worst possible outcome will be arrived at in the worst possible way.
    And even that itself is me tapping into the paranoid sense that things are out of kilter.

  • 16 lochinvar // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Swap shop
    Allardyce for Stoke ( he can buy a nice house there with his £400k) and Mark Hughes for England

    Job done and I’m not even asking for a fee.

  • 17 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Your comment (‘I think a good chunk of the population has a gnawing sense of panic that it isn’t seeing the bigger picture and that there’s no-one they can hold to account for it.’) described the übercritics very well.

  • 18 BandB // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Portray Sam as the victim of a shabby newspaper sting operation and immoral secret filming.
    Poo-poo any questions about whether it still suggests that Sam is a man on the make.
    Remember this whole nasty business will blow over in a few days. We’ll be saved a load of money and no-one at the FA will have to take any blame.
    That’s my PR advice, though I’m pretty sure it’s what they’ll be getting and listening to anyway.

  • 19 Jib // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    No broadcast tomorrow
    Yet strangely away to Rotherham on Saturday there should be plenty of streams !

  • 20 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Rafa will probably find it amusing that some fans have put him on a pedestal and decided he’s above criticism.

    Thankfully we shouldn’t get to the stage where people are shouting that he doesn’t know what he’s doing unlike certain earlier incumbents of the job.

    I do think he has a very minor blind spot over Sels and won’t admit he’s not as yet up to the job.

    However even if Sela keeps the GK spot we’ve got a team that should be top two by the turn of the year.


  • 21 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    As for Sam I would tend to agree with three of the comments, he made. The only slightly dubious one is a a bit harsh coming from a man who makes my missus shudder as he does his chewing the cud impersonation on screen. Not exactly an ad mans dream.
    As for trying to make some extra cash from his position, he’s not taking bribes to fix results (as far as we know)

  • 22 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:43 AM


    You didn’t miss the bus – have you got a copy of Ed’s posting schedule? If you have, we should be told.

  • 23 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:46 AM


    Sam’s chewing the cud impression’s fine. What do you expect of an England manager? George Clooney?

  • 24 Ron Knee // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    According to the Grauniad:-

    “As it stands, Allardyce will have to explain whether he was merely giving an honest account of what happened in the sport or if he was advising the “businessmen” to follow those practices. If it is the latter it could be serious enough for his position to be in question.”

  • 25 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Where’s wor Bobbybee the morn? Probably still in his pit having watched the Clinton-Trump debate I’d guess. Riveting stuff.

  • 26 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM


    How about his having a pop at Hodgson and the FA’s greed? How’s he gonna explain them away?

    He’s been kippered but no doubt it’ll all be whitewashed over.

  • 27 Ron Knee // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:55 AM


    Didn’t he refer to Roy as ‘Woy’? What a charming individual!

  • 28 Jib // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I think the only blind spot regarding Sels is manifested by certain posters on here who are blissfully unaware of what modern goalkeeping is about and only focus on the sharp end of Sels job.

    Every time I see him punt it to one of our players in or around the centre circle initiating another attack I recall Krul’s pitiful efforts which invariably ended up as a throw in to the opposition.

    Punching balls clear is an integral part of continental goalkeeeping and if the midfield are on the qui vive can result in devastating counter attacks.

    Rafas defense looks more like 5 guys working to a pattern in unison than 4 big chaps with the goalie behind picking his nose until called upon to make a save.

  • 29 barkel // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t think it matters what hippo heed does both media and fans will be gunning for him. Honestly I think he was a good appointment for the England team, not sure if that’s because I’m Irish or I had a feeling the mackems would fall apart without him though.

    On our position at January I’d happily take fifth, as we all seem to have come around to, our players will be well rotated by then and in better shape to push on for the second half of the season.

    On Sels, I’m not convinced on him yet. I’ve only been to one match this season to watch him closely and he looked like he’s still getting used to the game. I think he’s probably got a better distribution than Darlow and he will play the ball out from the back with some decent short passing & that’s why he’s no.1 at the moment

  • 30 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Once again you are correct, anyone who ventures an opinion on the shortcomings of a player are know nowt fans.

    I bask in your superior god like knowledge of all thing, not just football!!

  • 31 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:07 AM


    No time table as yet. 🙂

    I’ve starting using the train instead.

  • 32 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Shelveys got the best passing in the team we should stick him in goal then

  • 33 G // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    So, Sam Allardyce did some consultancy work? Big deal, they were going to pay somebody for the information, frankly anybody with an inkling into football transfers could have said that, and I will be amazed if they haven’t. Sam Allardyce has some opinions of people? Really, I’ve got some of him also, does anybody care? I think Cundy hit the nail on the head last night when he said he’s done nothing wrong, although I keep thinking Cacapa, Cacapa was definitely wrong.

  • 34 Jib // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Strange you should come in with your sarcastic twopennorth.
    Yesterday in one of your ill-informed rants against your current bogeyman – Sels – you said he never made a save against Villa – he actually made two cracking saves against Johnathan Kidjia in the first half that virtually went unmentioned.

  • 35 Jib // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    That’s a perfect comment on the breadth of your footy knowledge – you don’t know the difference between a punted ball from the hands and a midfield pass.

  • 36 NUFCPaul // Sep 27, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    People who mention Jimi Hendrix’s birthday on a football blog aren’t real football fans. Just saying.

  • 37 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    English football is full of these crook types that would be doing similar things elsewhere if they weren’t lucky enough to be in football.

    Allardyce would be a dodgy butcher.

    Pardew a dodgy used car salesman,

    McClaren a dodgy marketing type (kind of is already isn’t he with all his hot air).

  • 38 jon.c // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Let Rafa pick the team and leave it to his judgement we will come off best in the long term

  • 39 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:14 PM


    George Clooney, who’s he managed?

  • 40 posada // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Sam Allardyce gets paid a fortune for doing a part time job.
    He is in his 60’s and must be a multi millionaire on the basis of his earnings over the last 15 years.
    He should be uncorruptable. Why take a risk for the sake of a few extra quid, unless its greed.
    In view of whats happened in the past he’s a fool if he has been caught out by a sting.
    Also, if nothing else its an inappropriate way to behave. The people he thought he was dealing with should be regarded as inappropriate associations.
    He’s England Manager. That should mean something.

  • 41 Budge123 // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    All the Makems at work seem to agree that this is the year their luck runs out. They collectively seem to have lost faith with David M already. Shame!

    Now will happen to hippo heed nothing ever does!

    Anyone know how many tickets Norwich have sold for tomorrow? Would be impressed if they brought a few thousand with them

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Telegraph man is a Mackem and wants him back at the Stadium of Shite so lets catch him with a sting – gets the sack get rid of Moyes and re-enploy Hippo Heed – job done!!!!

    Makes you wonder if he was involved in dodgy dealings with the Mackems and us come to that

  • 43 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    I saw Hendrix st the Club Agogo when Chandler rolled in with him in when he brought him to the UK.

    Hendrix, in his enthusiasm, managed to push his guitar neck through the ceiling and left it hanging there!

  • 44 jimmysmith // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    People are surely entitled to criticise Rafa. We shouldn’t question his tactics or team selection, he’s above criticism, where’s the fun or interest in that? Or the damage done if we do?

    I’m happy to say that I think he’s being too loyal with Dummett and Gayle, for example. I think there are other and better options, and it’s getting past time he played them.

  • 45 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    Clooney’s managed nowt other than making a fortune and being better looking than cud-chewing Sam!

  • 46 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 27, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    When a team is under the type of pressure ours has had for the past few seasons it becomes difficult for a GK to find someone to pass too.
    Therefore the long hopeful ball upfield is the only way out.

    Yes this does invite more pressure as it does as often as not come straight back making the GK job even harder. It certainly doesn’t help when your defenders were Taylor and Collocini to mention just two.

    Unlike Sels, Krull didn’t had the luxury of a competent defense in front of him (albeit in a lower division) so comparisons are moot points.

    Everything has a relevance even in football.

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