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Allardyce England exit was ‘a joke’, says agent friend

Sam Allardyce

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 represent 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”.

The Football Association said his conduct “was inappropriate”, while Allardyce said of the Daily Telegraph operation that “entrapment has won”.

His England reign ended after one match and 67 days – making him the national side’s shortest-serving full-time manager.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the manager of Crewe and you lose your job but if you’re the manager of England and you lose your job after one game, it’s a joke,” McGarvey told Sky Sports.

“Do I think he holds me responsible? I think he’s known me for a long, long time. He knows that I’d never do that to him or to anybody in football.

“I can understand if he doesn’t speak to me again. I need to respect that, but I hope not because we go back a long way. It might take a bit of time because I know how hurt he is at losing the England job.”

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