Football: Ex-England manager Sam Allardyce to sue FA over sacking - report

Sam Allardyce left his role after just one game following a newspaper investigation by The Daily Telegraph, which featured him  offering advice on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers.
Sam Allardyce left his role after just one game following a newspaper investigation by The Daily Telegraph, which featured him offering advice on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers.PHOTO: REUTERS

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Former England manager Sam Allardyce has sent a "5,000-word letter" to the Football Association seeking damages for the way they handled his sacking, according to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper.

Allardyce left his role with the national side by mutual consent after just one game following a newspaper investigation by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph which featured a video of him offering advice to undercover reporters on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers.

The Daily Mail story says that lawyers for the 62-year-old, who lasted 67 days in the job, have now obtained transcripts of the recordings, and have written to FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn.

They argue that the FA did not confirm facts before firing Allardyce and that the experienced manager - who has been at the helm of clubs including Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Ham - did not breach the terms of his employment.

When contacted by Reuters, the FA refused to comment.