Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager after just one game in charge, the Football Association has confirmed.
The news came on Tuesday evening after a day of talks between Allardyce and his FA bosses over allegations he discussed how to circumvent rules on player transfers while speaking to undercover Daily Telegraph reporters.
The 61-year-old was appointed to his dream job only 67 days ago and departs by mutual agreement with just one match on his record, this month’s World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia.
Gareth Southgate has been appointed interim boss for England’s next four matches.
An FA statement read in full: “The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager.
“Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but The FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.
“Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.
“The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”