England are still trying to put the Sam Allardyce saga behind them six weeks after his sudden departure.
Interim boss Gareth Southgate hopes to prove his worth with a win over Scotland in Friday’s World Cup qualifier, but it seems the Three Lions are quite literally struggling to free themselves from the shackles of Allardyce’s ghost.
According to the Sun, the former manager’s name is still on the door of the boss’ office at Wembley, something which is bound to irk his successor.
It must be nothing more than an oversight on the part of the FA, who have been criticised for appointing Allardyce in the first place.
Anything other than a comprehensive win against the Scots will be a sign that the national side’s woes are far from over. 2016 has been a shameful year for English football, epitomised by defeat to Iceland in the Euros.
This latest error says it all, and Southgate will walk out at Wembley this evening in the knowledge his bosses are in no rush to hand him the reins permanently.