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Former Notts County boss Sam Allardyce "jealous" of England manager Gareth Southgate

Joe Jones

Former Notts County manager Sam Allardyce says he is "jealous" of Gareth Southgate and believes it should be him leading England at the World Cup in Russia.

The 63-year-old left his post as England coach by mutual agreement in September 2016 after only one match in charge, following claims by a newspaper that he gave advice on how to "get around" player transfer rules.

In a BBC documentary to air on Sunday, Allardyce said of his departure: "That decision was made very hastily.

"Jealous is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately because of the circumstances that wasn't the case.

"One night I was playing golf - next day they said you can't carry on. And I still don't know why… because in the cold light of day, there was no substance, nothing behind it.

"If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager.

"I've bounced back now - and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well."

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I thought Big Sam would do well as the England manager, yet he messed up in a very bad way and Gareth Southgate may have not been my preferred choice but he's doing right by the squad. He deserves to lead England into Russia, I hope we can do ourselves proud.

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I thought big sam as England manager was a great appointment but his past came back and bit him in arse unfortunately. Southgate not my first choice but he is bringing through youth let’s see what he can do good luck to him.

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Big Sam’s a “ coulda/woulda/shoulda” type of bloke, isn’t he?

im sure he’s LOTS of regrets about the way he’s conducted himself. 

Sadly, I’m not going to be waving any flags for him to be bought back, anytime soon. Besides, doesn’t he have a proper job to be looking for?

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