Sam Allardyce 'In £400,000 Deal' Sting: England Manager Is Filmed 'Offering Advice On How To Bypass FA Transfer Rules

England manager Sam Allardyce was filmed giving advice to undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm
England manager Sam Allardyce was filmed giving advice to undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm
Sam Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal, and offered advice on how to 'get around' FA rules regarding player transfers, it was sensationally claimed. Before his first training session in charge of the national team, Allardyce, 61, was filmed giving advice to men who claimed to be representatives of a Far East firm, but who were in fact undercover reporters for The Daily Telegraph newspaper.


Allardyce, who was appointed England boss in July, had agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador and spoke to the reporters about how they could get around Football Association rules which prevent third parties from 'owning' football players.

Allardyce (pictured today leaving his home in Bolton) allegedly offered advice on how to 'get around' FA rules regarding player transfers
Allardyce (pictured today leaving his home in Bolton) allegedly offered advice on how to 'get around' FA rules regarding player transfers
In two meetings lasting four hours – the first in August and the second last week – the 61-year-old told the 'businessmen' that there was no problem bypassing the rules which were introduced in 2008. New FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were in talks last night to discuss the allegations as Allardyce's future was put under scrutiny.

Allardyce is yet to comment and was seen leaving his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, shortly before 7am today [Sept 27]. Wearing a suit and an unbuttoned shirt, he came out of the side of his detached home and swiftly got into his black Mercedes car which was parked on his front drive without making comment.  

In the video – part of a ten-month investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in English football – Allardyce claimed that he knew of individuals who had been 'doing it all the time' when it came to third-party ownership, adding that 'you can still get around it – I mean, obviously the big money's here'.

Sam Allardyce offers advice on 'getting around' FA transfer rules

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The 61-year-old (pictured) is yet to comment and was seen leaving his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, shortly before 7am today 
The 61-year-old (pictured) is yet to comment and was seen leaving his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, shortly before 7am today 
He went on to say that it's 'not a problem' before alleging that Enner Valencia had been under a third-party ownership agreement when he signed for West Ham in 2014 - when Allardyce was at the helm. But he added that the third-party ownership ended on transfer and that the Ecuador player was transferred 'whole'.

He was filmed saying: 'He was third party owned when we bought him from Mexico.'  Allardyce attended the meeting in London along with his agent, Mark Curtis, and his financial adviser, Shane Moloney. Third-party ownership in football has been referred to as 'slavery', with companies effectively owning a stake in a player. The FA banned the practice in 2008 and was followed later by Fifa, football's world governing body, in 2015. 
Allardyce (pictured during England's World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia) was filmed giving advice to men who claimed to be representatives of a Far East firm
Allardyce (pictured during England's World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia) was filmed giving advice to men who claimed to be representatives of a Far East firm

WHAT HE SAID... 

On Roy Hodgson:
'He'd send them all to sleep, Roy. Woy. He hasn't got the personality for it.'
On where ROY went wrong :
'Players let him down in the end (at the Euros). I think maybe he was too indecisive. Cast a bit of anxiety over to the players maybe. I mean prior to the Iceland game, he won all 10 qualifiers. We'd drawn with Russia (in the first game), we should have won. We beat Wales and that was our worst performance. We drew with Slovakia and we only had to draw with Iceland to get through... he just collapsed.'
On Gary Neville and Hodgson arguing over Rashford:
'They were arguing for 10 minutes about bringing (Marcus Rashford) on (against Iceland), him and Gary Neville. So Gary was the wrong influence for him. ****ing tell Gary to sit down and shut up, so you can do what you want. You're the manager, you do what you want, not what anyone else (wants).'
On players being left out for their clubs:
'Can't play them then. Joe Hart. Jack Wilshere, on the bench for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench. You can play them, but they're not playing for the club. When they're not playing for the club, they're just short of match practice.'
On third-party ownership:
'It's not a problem… we got (Enner) Valencia in (for West Ham). He was third party owned when we bought him from Mexico.'
On his £400,000 deal with the fictitious firm:
'Keynote speaking, that's what I'd be doing, keynote speaking. I'm a keynote speaker.'
On rebuilding Wembley:
'They (the FA) stupidly spent£870million on Wembley, so they're still paying that debt off. They completely rebuilt it. If they'd built it anywhere else, it would have cost about £400m. They completely floored it and then rebuilt the new stadium which is fabulous, but that sort of debt is not really what you want. Most of the money the FA make will go to the interest on the debt.'
On the FA:
'They're all about making money, aren't they? You know the FA's the richest football association in the world? Well, I shouldn't say that. They're not the richest at all. What they do is they have the biggest turnover in the world with £325m.'




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