Allardyce not target of police bribery probe

The City of London Police has announced that Sam Allardyce is not being investigated in their criminal probe into suspected bribery in the English game.

The Daily Telegraph unearthed alleged corruption in football with their investigation entitled "Football for Sale" which led to Allardyce stepping down as England manager in September.

This, after the 62-year-old was secretly filmed advising undercover journalists on how to bypass rules regarding third-party ownership shortly after his appointment to the Three Lions post.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, Southampton assistant manager Eric Black and former QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were also implicated in the covert operation.

A City of London Police statement read: "Detectives from the City of London Police Economic Crime Directorate have reviewed material gathered by a recent Daily Telegraph investigation into suspected corruption in football.

"This review of the material has concluded and the decision has been taken to begin a criminal investigation into a single suspected offence of bribery."

A spokesman for the force added: "I can confirm that Mr Allardyce has received a letter stating he is not part of the investigation."

Allardyce said in a statement: "I was always confident that this would be the case as there was no evidence against me. I now ask that the Football Association deals with this matter as quickly as possible.

"I would like to thank my friends and family who have stood by me during this difficult period. The position of England head coach is the pinnacle of any English manager's career and it was my dream job.

"While I am sad that my tenure came to an end early, I am nonetheless proud to have been chosen to manage the England football team and hope that today's confirmation from the police will give me the opportunity to move on."