Sam Allardyce has declared he is unsure whether he will return to football after being sacked as England boss as he left his home in Greater Manchester with a luxury break at his Spanish villa likely in order to reflect on his future.
Allardyce described his meeting with undercover Telegraph reporters as a ‘silly thing to do’ and pinned the blame on the press for his downfall, claiming that ‘entrapment’ had won.
“Obviously I have to do this before I go away. On reflection it was a silly thing to do,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News HQ. “I was trying to help someone out I knew for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgement on my behalf.
“Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that.
“The agreement was done very amicably, I apologised to the FA and to all concerned for the unfortunate situation that I put myself in.
“I have a confidentially agreement lads, I can’t answer any more questions just now, I’m going on holiday to reflect.”
Allardyce is understood to be set for a break on the Costa Brava in Spain, where he owns a luxury villa.
The complex, pictured above, includes a plaque with “Big Sam’s Villa” embedded on it.
When asked whether England would be his last job in football, Allardyce merely said: “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”
A market has already been opened on where Allardyce will work next with former club West Ham (10/1) the early favourites, while West Brom and Stoke (both 16/1) are next.
A return to Sunderland could be in the offing given David Moyes’ dreadful start to the season, with 20/1 odds available.