Sam Allardyce Steps Down As England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has stepped down as England manager after just two months on the job.

The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers boss was forced out after a newspaper sting filmed him telling undercover reporters how to bend rules on third party ownership of players.

He is alleged to have met the bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the English Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United manager is also alleged to have said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”.

He was also accused of using his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

An FA statement said Allardyce’s conduct “was inappropriate” and Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia next month.

“He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised,” the FA said.

“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.”

Calum Chambers Called Into England Squad

Calum ChambersArsenal defender, Calum Chambers, has been called up to the senior side from the U21’s after Everton defender, John Stones suffered an ankle injury in the Toffees’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

England manager, Roy Hodgson, had earlier told the BBC when announcing the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, “Calum would be the next one to come in but at the moment is ‘loaned out’ to the Under-21s.”

However, the news of Stone’s injury on a day Chambers experienced a tough afternoon in Arsenal’s defence against Chelsea meant Hogson would invite the “loaned out” Calum ahead of time.

According to the statement which appeared on the English FA website on Sunday evening, “Following John Stones’ injury on Sunday afternoon, the Everton defender will not report to St. George’s Park for England duty on Monday.

England manager Roy Hodgson has subsequently called up Calum Chambers, who was previously due to report to the Under 21s squad.

Chambers will now be part of the senior squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying double header against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21s manager, Gareth Southgate, is not calling any further players into his squad to face Croatia in their Euro 2015 play-off.”

The new Arsenal signing has enjoyed a good start to his Gunners career after moving from Southampton in the summer. A versatile player who can play as a centre back of right sided full-back, Chambers has adjusted well to life at a top Premier League club.

Andy Carroll back for West Ham

Reported injured, Andy Carroll is billed to be back on board from injury for West Ham against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) as manager Sam Allardyce confirmed his return to Loftus Road.

Though on loan, Andy Carroll who was the striker for Liverpool has been glued to the bench for four whole weeks with hamstring injury which he sustained last month during his debut match for West Ham as Allardyce confirmed that the striker will be back tonight.

The 23-year-old, who has moved to Upton Park until the end of the season, was outstanding on his debut against Fulham before being forced off after just 68 minutes, making West Ham play without a win recorded, scoring twice in three games.

Carroll has made a quicker recovery than expected but, despite returning to the squad two weeks ahead of schedule, is not ready to start against the Premier League’s bottom side.

The news Carroll’s return to fitness will also delight and serve as a boost for England manager Roy Hodgson as the English squad meeting San Marino and Poland on Thursday for this month’s World Cup qualifiers will be named.

English FA confirms Terry as Player-Manager for Euro 2012

The FA has ended weeks of speculation by announcing the appointment of Chelsea skipper John Terry as England’s player-manager for the coming European Championships.

The Chelsea defender takes charge just two months after he was sensationally stripped of the captain’s armband, which prompted the resignation of previous boss Fabio Capello. But the 31-year-old appears to have resolved his issues with the country’s executives and will now lead the Three Lions into this summer’s tournament.

“We are extremely proud that John has agreed to take on the role of player-manager and are confident that he can lead England to glory in Poland and Ukraine,” an FA spokesman, Alf Lopior said.

“He has a long and distinguished record of success at leading from the front already under his belt and we are delighted to be able to tie him down to a role which he has already been trialling unofficially at Chelsea.”

There had been concerns that taking Terry to Euro 2012 in any capacity could be seen as inappropriate, given the fact that the 31-year-old faces a date in court after the tournament’s conclusion in July over allegations that he racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in November 2011.

However, Mr Lopior put fans’ minds at ease, explaining: “We feel it best not to focus too much on the details.

“We knew that we had to be quick about appointing John as soon as he came in for interview. He gave a very eloquent and in-depth presentation about his plans for the tournament as well as the years to come.

“He was the most impressive interviewee by far, though the FA would like to thank Harry Redknapp, Stuart Pearce and Alex McLeish for their interest in the position.”

Terry’s full backroom team have yet to be decided, though the Blues defender is expected to speak to colleagues Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole about their potential involvement, but one key addition to the Three Lions setup was revealed.

“Joey Barton will also be travelling with the team to Poland as the FA’s new social media advisor,” Mr Lopior continued.

“Euro 2012 is set to be a very exciting time and we know that the players will be very keen to engage with fans online throughout the tournament – and, we hope, all the way to the final.

“Joey’s expertise in the field made him an obvious choice to set our agenda and he will begin distributing pertinent lyrics by The Smiths to all potential members of the final squad in the coming days.

“Whether or not he features in the playing squad as well is, of course, down to John.”

According to reports from White Hart Lane, a teary Redknapp refused to wind down his car window to comment on the appointment.