Scott McGarvey ‘Devastated’ over Sam Allardyce’s England Exit, Corruption Sting

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Published: October 13, 2016

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Football agent Scott McGarvey has admitted to being "devastated" over the part he played in Sam Allardyce losing his job as England manager following just a single game in charge.

Allardyce left the top job with the Three Lions in September after being caught up in a Telegraph sting in which he was recorded allegedly offering advice about how to circumvent FA transfer rules.

It was McGarvey, a former Manchester United player, who introduced Allardyce to the undercover reporters, believing them to be representatives of a Far East firm looking to invest in the Premier League.

In an interview with Sky Sports News HQ's Kaveh Solhekol, McGarvey said he was shocked that the revelations led to Allardyce losing his job:

I'm devastated for Sam. I can't think of anything worse that could have happened to my life. 

He has to feel that I'm responsible because I am the one who brought him to the meeting but he's only come for me. He's never once spoken about money. He's never once said anything about money...

Do I think he holds me responsible? I think he's known me for a long, long time. He knows that I'd never do that to him or to anybody in football.

Yes I do [feel there was an over-reaction]. I was very surprised that he lost his job.



In the FA's statement announcing Allardyce's departure from the England job, the 61-year-old's behaviour was labelled as "inappropriate." 

Along with offering advice about dodging transfer rules, Allardyce was also recorded—before he even took his first England training session—criticising and lightly mocking predecessor Roy Hodgson and slamming the FA's decision to redevelop Wembley.

While the FA decided Allardyce did not act in a way befitting of the England manager, there were many others who felt he was harshly dealt with, including...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - International Football

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