Allardyce steps down as England manager

Sam Allardyce has left his role as England manager after just one game in charge with Gareth Southgate, the Under-21 coach, stepping in as caretaker for the rest of 2016.

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Sam Allardyce has left his role as England manager after just one game in charge.

Allardyce, 61, mutually agreed to quit his post with the Football Association (FA) following reports in Tuesday's newspapers in England. Gareth Southgate, the Under-21 coach, will step in as caretaker for the rest of 2016.

The former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss left Sunderland in July to replace Roy Hodgson at the England helm, and won his only match earlier this month, England prevailing 1-0 in Slovakia to open their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager. Allardyce's conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Highlights: Slovakia 0-1 England
Highlights: Slovakia 0-1 England

"This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

"Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men's senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst the FA begins its search for the new England manager."

Allardyce said: "Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company. It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome."

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