Aberdeen's Allan Russell leaves England set-up after 'serious error of judgement'

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport Scotland
England Steve Holland, Gareth Southgate and Allan Russell
Allan Russell (right) has been part of Gareth Southgate's staff since 2017

Aberdeen assistant manager Allan Russell has left his coaching role with the England national team over a road traffic accident involving his brother.

Russell, 40, admitted allowing brother Simon - who confessed to drink driving - to drive his car while uninsured in July last year in Oxfordshire.

The FA said Russell has "agreed to leave his post" before the Euros.

Aberdeen say the coach will be given a chance to "redeem" himself with them for "a serious error of judgement".

Russell, a former forward who numbered Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock and St Mirren among his clubs, joined the England staff as a specialist striker coach in 2017 after returning from a spell in the United States.

"We were made aware last Thursday of the circumstances," an FA spokesman said. "We have agreed with Allan that it is in the best interests of all for him to leave his consultancy position."

A spokesman for Russell - who was fined after admitting his guilt - said: "He is very mindful of the impact this has had on all parties involved.

"Furthermore, he does not want to become a distraction to Gareth Southgate and the England team going into the Euros. He has therefore agreed to leave his post with the FA and will concentrate fully on his role at Aberdeen."

Russell was appointed assistant at Pittodrie in April after Stephen Glass moved from Atlanta United to take charge of the Scottish Premiership club.

"The club has now been made aware of all the circumstances surrounding a regrettable road traffic accident last year in which Allan was a passenger in the vehicle," an Aberdeen club statement said.

"He is deeply remorseful about the consequences of this incident for everyone involved.

"Having taken everything into consideration, we feel Allan made a serious error of judgement, but he took responsibility and has suffered the consequences.

"We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to redeem themselves by learning from their mistakes and the club will be supporting Allan in his role at Aberdeen, where he is already making a positive impact."

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