Sammy Lee leaves role as England’s assistant manager

Tuesday 06 Dec 2016

Sammy Lee has left his role as England’s assistant manager.

The highly-respected coach played a key role in supporting Gareth Southgate during his recent interim period in charge of the Three Lions.

As new manager Southgate prepares to assemble his backroom team having last week been appointed to the role on a permanent basis, Lee now departs the England set-up with The FA’s best wishes.

"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.

"I felt it was important for me to bring in my own support team and Sammy fully respected that.

"I was grateful with the way he helped to steady the ship throughout October and November and we wish him well for the future."

Vastly-experienced Lee originally linked up with England for a second time in July as Sam Allardyce’s assistant.

Prior to that, the two-time European Cup winner with Liverpool had worked with the national team during Sven-Goran Eriksson’s tenure.

Lee added: "I should like to place on record my sincere thanks to The FA for the opportunity they gave me to work with the national team. It has been a great honour.

"I should also like to thank the players and staff for their support during this period of my career and wish them all the very best for the future.

"In particular I wish Gareth and his new coaching team every success in the future."

Further appointments to Southgate’s backroom staff will be announced in due course.

By FA Staff