Allardyce England exit was 'a joke', says agent friend

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Allardyce’s England reign ended after one match and 67 days

Sam Allardyce’s departure as England manager was a “joke”, football agent Scott McGarvey has said.

McGarvey also said he felt guilty for introducing Allardyce to undercover reporters posing as investors, which ultimately cost him his job.

“I’m devastated. He’s got to feel I’m responsible,” said McGarvey.

Allardyce left his post by mutual agreement following claims he offered advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers.

The 61-year-old former Sunderland manager was also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represented a Far East firm.

McGarvey, who has known Allardyce since their playing days in the 1980s, added: “He only came [to the meeting] for me – 100% for me.”

During the meeting, which was recorded on camera, it is alleged Allardyce said it was “not a problem” to bypass rules on third-party player ownership and claimed he knew of agents who were “doing it all the time”.

A Football Association statement