England Rodgers sympathises with 'poor guy' Sam Allardyce

Brendan Rodgers believes methods used in the Telegraph investigation implicating Sam Allardyce are an embarrassment to the media profession.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has questioned the tactics employed by undercover reporters in the sting operation that has placed Sam Allardyce's position as England boss in jeopardy.

The Football Association is investigating allegations that Allardyce used his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal and offer advice on how to circumvent rules on transfers after the Telegraph published hidden camera footage claiming to be from a meeting between the 61-year-old and two undercover reporters purporting to be part of a Far East firm.

In the video, Allardyce explains to the two men how they might "get round" rules regarding third-party ownership of players, which was banned by FIFA last year and has been outlawed in England's top flight since 2008.

But Rodgers, who backed Allardyce's appointment as Roy Hodgson's successor in July, said he found the reporters' methods to be "embarrassing" and expressed sympathy for the former Sunderland manager's plight.

Speaking at a pre-match news conference ahead of Celtic's Champions League match against Manchester City on Wednesday, ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers said: "What a tactic that is, isn't it? The poor guy is going into a job [with England].

"It's actually embarrassing on some parts of the [media] profession.

"I've got nothing to add to it."

The Telegraph's claims against Allardyce form part of a wider investigation into alleged corruption in English football, with revelations implicating other high-profile managers set to be forthcoming.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Jessica Lebene 9 hot photos of Afriyie Acquah’s new baby mamabullet
2 Baby Jet A photo story of Asamoah Gyan through the years as he turns 32bullet
3 Black Stars Divorce from my wife made me stronger – John Mensahbullet
4 Sexual Assault Robinho sentenced to nine years in prisonbullet
5 Ghana Premier League Kwame Kizito begs Hearts of Oak to let him...bullet
6 Ghanaian Players Abroad Goalkeeper Razak Brimah welcomes...bullet
7 It's A Boy! Afriyie Acquah has a new baby with lady who...bullet
8 Black Stars Ghana move up in FIFA ranking despite missing...bullet
9 Legendary 5 great football players who retired in 2017bullet
10 Messi Rakitic sure football legend will stay at Barcelonabullet

Top Videos

1 John Mensah Divorce from my wife made me stronger - John Mensahbullet
2 Video Andre Ayew’s screamer wins Premier League Goal for Octoberbullet
3 Asamoah Gyan Gyan to Real Madridbullet
4 FIFA Ghana ranked 51st in the latest FIFA Rankingsbullet
5 Video Highlights of former Ghana and Ajax midfielder who passed awaybullet
6 Video Watch highlights of Black Stars 0-3 victory at Saudi Arabiabullet
7 Video This sumptuous Ayew’s goal nominated for goal of the...bullet
8 Video Ghanaians will forever love Junior Agogo for this goalbullet
9 Video Watch Thomas Partey's goal against Elchebullet
10 Video Watch Andre Ayew's brace against Tottenhambullet