Sam Allardyce And The Postcards: Ex-England Boss's Final Act Revealed

Ex England manager Sam Allardyce.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce in Bolton, Lancashire, England, September 28. Allardyce sent out postcards to England players on the day he was dismissed. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

England players received postcards from Sam Allardyce on Thursday describing the "beginning of our journey," two days after the 58-year-old was dismissed as manager of the national team.

The Guardian reports that a message of goodwill was sent out to every member of the squad that participated in the 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Trnava at the start of September. The note read: "Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Sam Allardyce."

The FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier was Allardyce's first and last game as England manager, after he was dismissed on Tuesday following revelations by the Daily Telegraph that he had offered to explain loopholes in the Football Association's rules on third-party transfers to reporters posing as Far Eastern businessmen. The cards were sent on the day Allardyce lost his job.

The FA has appointed England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate in temporary charge of the senior side while it seeks a permanent replacement for Allardyce.