Bolton - Sam
Allardyce admitted an "error of judgment" on Wednesday after his career
as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial
comments made to undercover reporters.
"Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that,"
Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England.
Allardyce added he had simply been helping out a longstanding associate.
"I think that on reflection it was a silly thing to do," he said.
"But just to let everybody know, I sort of helped out what was somebody I'd known for 30 years (football agent Scott McGarvey).
"Unfortunately it was an error of judgment on my behalf and I've paid
the consequences," he added the morning after he was forced out of the
England job following a mere 67 days in charge of the national side.
Meanwhile, amid reports he had a received a £1 million pay-off, Allardyce apologised to England's governing
Football Association, his former employers, as he refused to rule out a
future role in football.
"The agreement was done very amicably with the FA and I apologise to
those and all concerned in the unfortunate position I've put myself in,"
"I have a confidentiality agreement and I can't answer any more questions. I am going to go and reflect on it."
Allardyce also wished England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate, who
has been put in charge of the senior team's next four matches, well for
"I would like to wish Gareth and all of the England lads the best."
Asked if the England job would be his last in football, former Bolton
and Newcastle manager Allardyce replied: "Who knows. We'll wait and
Allardyce's England reign was sensationally brought to a close as he
paid the price for indiscreetly talking with undercover Daily Telegraph
reporters posing as Far East businessmen.
The 61-year-old was secretly filmed giving advice on how to
circumnavigate transfer rules, criticised the FA's decision to rebuild
Wembley and mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson.
Allardyce, appointed England manager in July on a £3 million-a-year contract, also agreed to travel to
Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador for their fictitious firm for a
fee of £400 000.
Allardyce and the FA agreed his position was untenable, leaving him
with no choice but to walk away from the dream job he coveted for over a