Sam Allardyce is currently learning the hard way that the media and England managers don’t mix.
The Football Association is investigating a recording which appears to show England manager Allardyce advising businessmen how to get around rules on transferring players.
In an undercover operation by The Daily Telegraph - said to have been recorded in August - Allardyce meets a group of people claiming to represent a firm in the Far East.
Allardyce, who is paid £3 million a year plus bonuses by the FA, is then said to have used his role to negotiate a £400,000 deal.
The FA has asked to see the newspaper’s recordings and Allardyce, who has only been in charge for one game having taken over the role in July, is yet to comment.
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