Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton on September 28, 2016. AFP / PAUL ELLIS
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An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognizing that an error of judgment had led to his downfall.Allardyce, an old-school manager famed for helping unfashionable clubs avoid relegation, said it had been a "silly thing" to do but he had been trying to do a favor for someone he had known for 30 years.Allardyce, who replaced Roy Hodgson after England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign, said it had been a great honor to be appointed in July.Allardyce won his only game in charge of England, a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia earlier this month, by 1-0 .
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