Sam Allardyce has claimed “entrapment has won” after being forced to end his 67 day tenure as England manager following a newspaper sting operation.
The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Sunderland boss was filmed appearing to instruct journalists from the Daily Telegraph, posing as businessmen from the Far East, about how to “get around” strict third party transfer regulations.
The practice was banned by the Football Association in 2008 and by Fifa, the world football governing body, seven years later, outlawing third party ownership to prevent external figures from “owning” the economic rights belonging to individual players.
Speaking to reporters outside his family home in the North West, Allardyce said: “On reflection it was a silly thing to do but I helped out someone I have known for 30 years.
“It was an error in judgement and I paid the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that. The agreement was done very amicably with the FA and I apologise to those and all concerned in the unfortunate position I’ve put myself in.
“I have a confidentiality agreement and I can’t answer any more questions. I am going to go and reflect on it. I would like to wish Gareth [Southgate, England caretaker manager] and all of the England lads the best.”
Asked if the job would be his last in football, the 61-year-old added: “Who knows. We’ll wait and see.”