Mark Sampson has been sacked as England Women’s manager after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time at a previous club.
Sampson, 34, has in recent weeks been the subject of accusations of racism, harassment and bullying made by former England player Eni Aluko.
Yet the Football Association announced on Wednesday evening that Sampson is leaving the role with immediate effect following a historic safeguarding investigation into his conduct while manager of Bristol Academy.
Sampson, who last year agreed a new contract to remain as England Women’s manager until 2019, was informed of the Football Association’s decision on Wednesday afternoon.
The news came less than 24 hours after Sampson oversaw England’s 6-0 win against Russia at Prenton Park.