Soccer: "Silly" Allardyce says error of judgment led to shock exit

Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:44am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport on Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognizing that an error of judgment had led to his downfall.

The 61-year-old, who told reporters outside his home in northern England that he was going abroad "to chill out and reflect", refused to rule out an eventual return to soccer.

"Who knows? We'll wait and see," he said.

Blasted by the media for hubris and greed, Allardyce was shown the door by England on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain's Daily Telegraph.

The paper said it had hundreds of pages of transcripts from the meeting in which 'Big Sam' had discussed a deal worth 400,000 pounds ($520,000) to represent a Far East firm seeking advice on the transfer market.

Allardyce, an old-school manager famed for helping unfashionable clubs avoid relegation, said it had been a "silly thing" to do but he had been trying to do a favor for someone he had known for 30 years.

"Unfortunately it was an error in judgment on my behalf. I have paid the consequences," he said.

"Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that. I've apologized to (the Football Association) and all concerned."   Continued...

Former England soccer manager Sam Allardyce speaks to media as he leaves his home in Bolton, Britain September 28, 2016.   REUTERS/Chris Neill