Gareth Southgate in training with the England team
Only two days ago I wrote how a grounded Gareth Southgate seemed like a breath of fresh air after the grubbiness of Big Sam .
But I should have known that a skeleton was bound to show up and the chances were it would involve money.
Because cash controversies and England managers go together like Germany and penalty defeats.
The FA would argue that greed is rife throughout football, and no one could disagree.
But tales of avarice have hit the highest office in English football management so many times down the decades, most fans shake their heads and ask: “How much money do these men really need?”
Sam Allardyce had to step down as England manager
In 1974, Don Revie negotiated a lucrative deal to manage the United Arab Emirates, flogging the exclusive story to a newspaper before telling the FA.
He was suspended from English football for 10 years, although he later got that overturned.
Twenty years later, Terry Venables stood down to fight a series of court cases over business interests – losing a High Court battle with Alan Sugar – and faced a police inquiry into allegations he’d paid a “bung” to Brian Clough in a transfer deal.
Terry Venables stood down to fight a series of court cases over business interests
The case was subsequently dropped.
Shortly before the 2006 World Cup, Sven-Göran Eriksson told an undercover reporter posing as a sheikh who wanted to buy Aston Villa and offer him the manager’s job for £5million a year that he could “tap up” David Beckham from Real Madrid.
In the run-up to the next World Cup, Fabio Capello launched a player-rating website on the London Stock Exchange called the Capello Index, without gaining approval from his FA bosses.
And two weeks ago we discovered Sam Allardyce gave advice on how to “get around” transfer rules laid down by the Football Association.
Now, in the bling of a eye, we go from Samgate to Southgate. It’s not just a funny old game, Saint, but a morally dubious one.