By Amir Mir

Arsene Wenger believes Sam Allardyce should have a chance to “defend himself” following reports he used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

The Telegraph who made the allegations, also stated that the 61-year-old appeared to offer advice on how to circumvent rules on player transfers.

Additionally, on Tuesday morning The Times reported that Allardyce, who was appointed national boss in July is on the brink of losing his job following the allegations.

But Arsenal manager Wenger has defended the former Premier League manager, who took charge of the national side following their woeful Euro 2016 campaign.

“You have to let Sam Allardyce defend himself and I just hope he will clear his name,” said Wenger as quoted by the BBC Sports website.

Allardyce helped Sunderland survive relegation from the Premier League last season, before taking over from Roy Hodgson who had resigned from the England post.

The former West Ham and Newcastle boss guided England to a win in Slovakia in his first game in charge, with Adam Lallana scoring an 95th minute equaliser in the World Cup qualifier.

This is the first time Allardyce is in charge of an international team, having had over 20 years of experience on the club level.

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