69 days since taking his “dream job” in football, Sam Allardyce has mutally agreed to terminate his contract as England manager in the wake of the Telegraph revelations.
The sting, which saw the Three Lions boss use his status to negotiate a £400,000 deal to fly to the Far East four times a year and address investors who wanted to buy players, had made his position as Three Lions boss untenable according to FA chiefs.
Secretly filmed by the newspaper advising fake businessmen on how to bypass third-party ownership of players, Allardyce was also caught on camera critiquing predecessor Roy Hodgson and former coach Gary Neville during the meetings in Manchester and London over the last month.
And in the end, Allardyce, who was contracted until after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, has seen his Three Lions career end before it had even begun. Gareth Southgate will take charge for next four matches while the FA defended its position, say their 'priority is to protect the wider interests of the game’.
Following on from a limp Euros exit at the hands of minnows Iceland, it appears the farce with England and the FA continues.
On the upside for Big Sam, having won his one and only competitive game away at Slovakia courtesy of a last minute Adam Lallana winner, he does leave with a 100 per cent record - but it'll come as scant consolation to a man destined to be the brunt of pub quiz questions for years to come.
Farewell, Sam, we hardly knew ye.