By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have reacted with homour on Twitter amid reports Sam Allardyce is to be sacked from his role as England manager.
The former Magpies manager is being accused of using his powerful position to negotiate a deal to earn £400,000 on top of his £3million-a-year contract and appeared to offer advice on how to circumvent rules on player transfers.
The Times have claimed that FA Chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of Allardyce, and the outcome is set to be Allardyce’s dismissal.
The revelation comes just two months after being named the man to succeed Roy Hodgson as manager of the England national side.
Newcastle fans have reacted amusingly on Twitter after hearing the news that the 61-year-old’s future has plunged into doubt, while some fans are worried that England could target current boss Rafa Benitez.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Not many can say that.
— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) September 27, 2016
— Merri (@merriman02) September 27, 2016
— Stuart Roxburgh (@Stuart_Roxburgh) September 27, 2016
Gutted if big sam losing the job has a knock on effect and we lose rafa. #nufc
— Chris (@Lownds10) September 27, 2016
Just catching up on the big Sam sting. Probably thought he was ordering food or strippers pic.twitter.com/WvMe80Wx7Y
— RAFA@NUFC (@ToonArmyMIA) September 27, 2016
— #GayleForce (@SimplyNUFC) September 27, 2016
Wait? What? Big Sam bending and breaking the rules? Who would've thought? And he's been so squeaky clean throughout his career 😃
— Bjørn Westblad (@bjorwesToon) September 27, 2016
Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham. All got one thing in common. Went down hill after the departure of Big Sam!
— Michael MacArtney (@maca_bwfc) September 25, 2016
It remains to be seen if Allardyce will survive as England boss, with his squad selection for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia scheduled for Sunday.
The Times say that Glenn and Clarke are reportedly set to meet with Allardyce before making a decision on his future, but are said to be “extremely disturbed” by the allegations.
Allardyce was in charge at St. James’ Park for just 24 matches, winning just eight of those and losing 10 between May 2007 and January 2008.