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Big Sam - How to lose your dream job

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04 Oct 2016

Sam Allardyce was appointed England’s national football team manager on 22nd July 2016. The move to appoint Allardyce was met positively, he was seen as the outstanding candidate for the position after forging a successful career in English football and getting the most out of squads built with limited resources. The FA described ‘Big Sam’ as having ‘a proven track record of getting the best results out of the teams he has managed and a strong reputation as a forward-thinker with progressive ideas.’

Allardyce himself said: "I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football’. There was a sense of optimism in the England camp at this time with the feeling we finally had the right man at the right time who could get the best results for the team.

Unfortunately for Big Sam he lost his dream job when he failed to show the level of professionalism required for such a high profile role, when he was caught in a Daily Telegraph sting outside of the workplace.

Arguably his biggest mistake is talking so openly to people who were complete strangers, there is no suggestion that he was actually involved in any wrongdoing other than his loose lipped approach to business, he lost sight of his position of responsibility and he would be under scrutiny from the nation for whatever he said.

He criticised his predecessors and their methods, not a wise move when speaking with random businessmen and knowing that the world at the top of football is a relatively small one. However, whereas criticism of styles could be seen as constructive, it was the personal insults that left Sam looking out of his depth in a high profile position.

He openly dismissed rules and regulations that were in place by his employers to safeguard the integrity of the game. Many of the third party ownership rules are there to stop young players being taken advantage of at a young age and the FA takes these regulations seriously.

It is hard to see how he will gain another job at the top level after his reputation has been tarnished in this way, past allegations of corruption have come back to haunt him years later and it seems he will be the first of many to be investigated in this way.

Big Sam’s downfall has shaken English football and brought the game to a new low. However, it is a relatively simple story that we can be mindful of in our own careers. If you are lucky enough to get your dream job it might be worth considering his downfall and the mistakes that he made. Continue to be respectful to colleagues and former colleagues, be mindful of the rules of our employers, and professional towards our bosses, inside the workplace and outside of the workplace, you never know who might be listening!

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