Mark Sampson to leave position as England women’s manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 September 2017, 15:45

UPDATE - MARK SAMPSON HAS BEEN SACKED AS ENGLAND WOMEN'S MANAGER

It's official, England women’s manager Mark Sampson has left his post in charge of the Lionesses.

Sampson’s job had been placed under intense scrutiny following allegations of discrimination by Chelsea striker Eniola Aluka who accused Sampson of racism, harassment and bullying.

Sampson denied the allegations and was twice cleared of any wrongdoing by the Football Association and an independent investigation.

However, now more details have emerged, with the FA made aware of allegations against Sampson during his time in charge of the Bristol Academy, and he has now been axed.

Sampson took charge of the Lionesses in 2013, and went on to lead his side through to the semi-finals of both the 2015 World Cup (third place) and Euro 2017, while he hoisted the 2015 Cyprus Cup.

Sampson’s final game proved to be Tuesday’s 6-0 hammering of Russia, during which he appeared to have the full support of his squad, with all of the first team racing towards him after Nikita Parris opened the scoring - something Aluko criticised (see video & tweet below).

In total the 34-year-old took charge of 59 matches, winning 38, drawing eight and losing 13, giving him a win rate of 64.4%.

England are next in action in November when they play back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

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