Football agent Scott McGarvey has said that the ‘sting’ operation which cost Sam Allardyce his dream job started when Big Sam was still at Sunderland.
McGarvey has spoken about his devastation that Allardyce was removed from the England job following the Daily Telegraph’s undercover operation.
The first meeting I had with them, Sam was Sunderland manager. I assumed it would be motivational speaking in the off seasonSCOTT McGARVEY
Big Sam’s reign as Three Lions boss lasted just 67 days after journalists, posing as businessmen, filmed him arranging to earn extra money by doing motivational speeches for a bogus Far East firm.
He was also caught on camera mocking Roy Hodgson and revealing how to bypass FA transfer rules.
Allardyce attended the meeting with the Telegraph team at a hotel in London after it was arranged by McGarvey, who claims that when he first started talking to the undercover journalists, Allardyce was still at the Stadium of Light.
McGarvey, who is also implicated in similar stings on QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Southampton assistant Eric Black, insists that they were entrapped with a “capital E” by the national newspaper.
“Capital E. Absolutely. One hundred per cent,” he said in abn interview on Sky Sports News.
“This is not Monday to Friday. This is 13 weeks of dozens of emails, hundreds of texts, hundreds of calls and bringing more than seven or eight innocent people into this story.
“He (Allardyce) only came for me. A hundred per cent for me. When I told him I had this opportunity. I phoned him up and said I had the chance of getting this job and it looked very good and they were looking for someone to do motivational speaking.
“The key to this is, I spoke to Sam when he was Sunderland manager, he wasn’t the England manager.
“The first meeting I had with them, Sam was Sunderland manager. I assumed it would be motivational speaking in the off season.
“That was all it was about. I phoned Sam and he said, ‘Would it help you?’ I said it would definitely help and he said, ‘Go on, lad. No problem’. That was it.”
McGarvey has insisted Allardyce should blame him for the events.
He said: “He’s got to feel I’m responsible because I’m the one who’s brought him to the meeting but he’s only come for me.
“He’s never once spoken about money. He’s never once said anything about money. It was only, ‘Are you okay, lad? I’ll help you’.
“Do I think he holds me responsible? I think he’s known me for a long, long time. He knows that I’d never do that to him or to anybody in football.
“I can understand if he doesn’t speak to me again. I need to respect that, but I hope not because we go back a long way.
“It might take a bit of time because I know how hurt he is at losing the England job.”