Sam Allardyce has insisted it should be him and not Gareth Southgate leading England at the World Cup.
On the day Southgate and his team touched down in Russia, the BBC published Allardyce’s claim from a documentary to air on Sunday that he should not have been forced to leave his job after just one game.
The Daily Telegraph revealed how Allardyce was giving advice on how to “get around” player transfer rules, which led to him leaving his post after just 67 days in charge of England.
Having secured a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia in his one and only game in charge, Allardyce will now have to watch on as Southgate guides England through the tournament.
Allardyce said: “Jealous is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances that wasn’t the case.
“One night I was playing golf – next day they said you can’t carry on. And I still don’t know why… because in the cold light of day, there was no substance, nothing behind it.
„If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager.”
Despite insisting that he should not have lost his job as a result of the Telegraph’s investigation, Allardyce claims he is not bitter towards Southgate and hopes he succeeds in Russia.
“I’ve bounced back now – and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well,” said Allardyce on Managing England: The Impossible Job.
“It’s not the impossible job because people keep doing it. You’ve got to take the opportunity – it’s the greatest challenge there is.
“I’m really proud to have been the man in the spotlight, even though it wasn’t for long enough. It will always be one of the biggest moments in my career.”
As well as taking part in the BBC’s documentary, Allardyce will be working for talkSPORT during the World Cup and named the England team he would have picked for the opening Group G game against Tunisia.
There were few surprises, but Allardyce did name both Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson in his starting line-up which is something Southgate has suggested he will not do. He also picked Gary Cahill ahead of Harry Maguire.