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England manager Sam Allardyce mocks predecessor, English players in newspaper sting

Sam Allardyce allegedly said in the video that predecessor Roy Hodgson "hasn't got the personality" for public speaking.

By: Reuters | London |
September 27, 2016 11:30:13 am
sam allardyce, england, england football team, england national team, england sam allardyce, sam allardyce sting, sam allardyce allegations, sam allardyce england manager, allardyce, football news, sports news Sam Allardyce reportedly said English players were underperforming due to a “psychological barrier”. (Reuters Image)

England football team manager Sam Allardyce has been caught up in a newspaper sting in which he is alleged to have met a bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, calling him “Woy” and saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking. Former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Sunderland boss Allardyce replaced Hodgson as England manager in July.

Allardyce is also alleged to have said 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 and described the FA decision to redevelop Wembley Stadium as “stupid”.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the report. An FA spokesman said: “We have asked The Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter.”

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Sam Allardyce replaced Roy Hodgson as England’s manager on July after the latter resigned following England’s exist from Euro 2016. Allardyce has managed England in one game so far against Slovakia in the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Allardyce has previously been manager of Premier League clubs like West Ham United and Sunderland. Sunderland, last season, just about saved themselves from relegation in a thrilling end of the season encounter against Everton in which they score three goals to send rivals and one of Allardyce’s former clubs Newcastle United to the Championship.

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