Allardyce issues statement as his England dream dies
It was the job he had worked all his life to land, but Sam Allardyce's reign as England manager is over after his contract was terminated by the Football Association.
After being caught up in a Daily Telegraph sting operation that saw Allardyce filmed encouraging fake football agents to break FA rules, Allardyce's position as England boss became untenable and he issues this statement confirming his exit:
"Further to recent events, the FA and I have mutually agreed to part company," it read.
"It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.
"This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.
"Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA's full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.
"As part of today's meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.
"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."
At the age of 61, Allardyce's management career now lies in tatters, with England installing Gareth Southgate as temporary boss for their next four games as they look for a permanent replacement for their latest departed manager.