Oh Big Sam! The Sting’s In The Tale – What Allardyce Said In Undercover Sting Operation
Allardyce was filmed by the Daily Telegraph where he used his position as the newly appointed Three Lions coach with a fictitious Far East firm.
Unbeknown to Allardyce, the businessmen were undercover reporters and he was being filmed as part of a 10-month Telegraph investigation that separately unearthed widespread evidence of bribery and corruption in British football.
Over the course of two meetings, lasting four hours in total, Allardyce told the fictitious businessmen that it was “not a problem” to bypass the rules introduced by his employers, Football Association, in 2008.
Making matters worse for himself, just last week the England manager followed up his initial meetings by having dinner with the representatives of the fictitious firm in Manchester, where he discussed his dates to fly to Singapore.
Here’s a brief transcript of what Big Sam said during the meeting:
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 Roy Hodgson:
‘He’d send them all to sleep, Roy. Woy. He hasn’t got the personality for it.’
On where Hodgson 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 Marcus 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 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.’
On rebuilding Wembley:
‘They (the FA) stupidly spent £870m 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.’