Sam Allardyce has reportedly told his friends that he fears he could get sacked as England boss after an undercover report showed him abusing his position.
The 61-year-old is accused of helping businessmen “get around” FA rules on transfers, a deal that would have earned him up to £400,000, as reported by The Telegraph.
Having only been in charge for one game, Allardyce was questioned by FA chiefs on Monday according to reports, and after the meeting, The Sun allege that he told friends he believes he’ll be sacked before next week’s World Cup qualifier against Malta.
It remains to be seen whether or not that the’s action taken by the FA, but at the very least this is a highly embarrassing situation for the former West Ham United boss and it will take a lot of convincing to keep his job and move forward.
Unsurprisingly, talk of his sacking has brought the market over his successor to life, with The Sun going on to claim that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe had emerged as the early favourite to replace him.
Howe was widely linked with the position after Roy Hodgson resigned after Euro 2016 this past summer, but after missing out on that occasion, the FA could now return to him and attempt to prise him away from the Cherries to lead their World Cup qualifying campaign.
That has since changed with Alan Pardew now moving to the front of the queue, and debate will undoubtedly rage over who the right man to take charge is, provided that the decision is made to make a change.