Allardyce yet to say sorry to Hodgson

Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton on Sept 28, 2016.
Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton on Sept 28, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • Sam Allardyce has not apologised to Roy Hodgson for mocking his speech impediment during conversations with undercover reporters that led to Allardyce losing the England manager's job last week.

Allardyce referred to his predecessor as "Woy" and suggested Hodgson was a poor public speaker who would "send them all to sleep".

He also criticised the 69-year-old for being "too indecisive" during the European Championship, when England's humiliating elimination by Iceland led to Hodgson's resignation.

Allardyce offered a "sincere and wholehearted apology" for his conduct to the Football Association (FA) in a statement released after his mutually agreed departure, but has not apologised to Hodgson.

While accepting the football criticism, Hodgson is understood to have been offended by the personal nature of Allardyce's comments about his speech, particularly because he has not expressed any contrition since.

The pair have known each other for years and, as England manager, Hodgson occasionally consulted Allardyce about players' form and fitness when the latter was in charge of West Ham and Sunderland. But there has been no attempt to clear the air. The FA statement also contained a reference to Allardyce regretting "my comments with regard to other individuals" but there was no mention of Hodgson.

England captain Wayne Rooney suggested yesterday the players are not interested in matters off the field ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Malta.

"It's not something we can be concerned about," Rooney told reporters when asked about Allardyce's sacking.

"As a group we need to stick together and concentrate on the football and I am sure there will be no problem doing that. The other side is not our issue."

When pressed for his thoughts on Allardyce, Rooney said: "It's a shame. I think everyone could see how excited Sam was for the job and he showed that to the players. I am sure he deeply regrets it but that was a decision for the FA to take."

THE TIMES, LONDON, REUTERS

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