Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lee Leaves Position as Assistant Manager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lee Leaves Position as Assistant Manager

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SAMMY Lee has left his role as England assistant as manager Gareth Southgate begins the process of building his own backroom team.

Lee was drafted in as righthand man in the Sam Allardyce regime, which lasted only one match and 67 days before a newspaper sting operation cost the latter his job.

Southgate retained Lee's services during his four-game interim spell but, having secured a four-year contract, is now looking for fresh ideas.

Lee is the second Allardyce appointee, after Leicester coach Craig Shakespeare, to be moved on by the ex-Middlesbrough boss.

The future of a third, goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson, is yet to be confirmed.

Announcing the departure, which had been expected, Southgate thanked the 57-year-old for his assistance in preparing the squad for games against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain.

"I have great respect for Sammy," said Southgate. "He is somebody who I worked with as a player and his personality and professionalism were excellent throughout my period as interim manager. …

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