An England coach has been axed ahead of the upcoming Euros after being in a horror car crash with his drunk brother leaving a medic injured.
Aberdeen assistant boss Allan Russell has left his England coaching role, agreeing to go after he let his drunk sibling drive his £90,000 Audi before it ploughed into an oncoming Corsa in Shirburn, Oxfordshire.
Russell, 40, was a specialist striker coach for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions, but no longer holding the role after admitting allowing Simon, 39, behind the wheel knowing he was uninsured.
His sibling, who will be sentenced in July, hit 43 year old Danny Moss head-on, leaving him critically injured.
Russell was partly responsible for England’s transition with Southgate, and many Premier League stars inspired by him. Check out this video from 2018…
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 25, 2018
The FA said: “We’ve agreed with Allan it is best for him to leave.”
The victim of the near-fatal smash may never be fit to return to his ambulance driver job after being left with ‘life changing injuries’ and now needs relatives to help look after him.
Russell receives support with Aberdeen insisting they are sticking with him after he was fined £2,000 for his role in the incident.
A statement read: “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.
“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 judgment but he took responsibility and has suffered the consequences.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to redeem themselves by learning from their mistakes and the club will be supporting Allan in his role as an assistant coach at AFC.”
A mate of the victim’s family said: “Danny was a great, happy-go-lucky guy, always smiling and making jokes.
“He was an ambulance driver, but I don’t think he’ll be able to do that again.
“The crash came as a huge shock, he’ll never be the same.”
Russell had let Simon — later found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit — the keys to his motor before crashing.
Both were arrested and it’s believed one person from the Audi was also taken to hospital with a leg injury.
At Oxford Magistrates Court, Russell admitted allowing the use of a vehicle with no insurance.
He got a £2,000 fine and had to pay a £190 victim’s surcharge plus £85 costs.
Simon admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, being under the influence and uninsured.
The court were told how the director of Glasgow scaffolding firm Turner Access had 161mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood in his system.
England’s limit for driving is 80mg.
A source said: ‘“It’s ludicrous that Allan let his brother drive knowing he wasn’t insured.”
Russell’s playing career:
1990–1997 – Rangers
1997–1999 – Hibernian
1999–2003 – Hamilton – 65 games (13 goals)
2003–2005 – St Mirren – 51 games (9 goals)
2005 – Macclesfield – 13 games (2 goals)
2005–2006 – Mansfield – 18 games (2 goals)
2006–2007 – Forest Green – 19 games (4 goals)
2007 – Partick – 14 games (1 goal)
2007–2008 – Airdrie – 32 games (19 goals)
2008–2010 – Kilmarnock – 25 games (4 goals)
2010–2011 – Carolina RailHawks – 30 games (5 goals)
2012–2014 – Orange County Blues FC – 55 games (8 goals)
Total – 322 games (67 goals)
2017–2021 – England (attacking coach)
2021– Aberdeen (assistant)
Fans reacted after seeing that the ex-player turned England coach has been axed ahead of the Euros after his involvement in a horror car crash with his drunk brother…
We can write off the Euros this summer then #England
— G💙🤍💛🏴Landers (@GML1966) May 14, 2021
@Chr15PG: His next job at Derby?
@TWLUFC: @dcfcofficial here’s your next gaffa lads – will fit right in
@lbowman6: Will be interesting to see who Southgate brings in at short notice to replace him.
@witter_dad: It must have been a poorly paid job if he couldn’t afford to insure his car for any driver. 🙄
@kieranhopeabz: I don’t see what the problem is with Allan Russell. He made a bad error of judgement, like we all do. Unfortunate circumstances but you can’t discriminate against someone because of one mistake which he showed remorse for. Nobody is perfect.
@Mike34775: I think this is a bit of a bonus if you ask me. Granted it’s a shocking situation, and I feel for the ambulance driver and his family, but to be without an assistant manager for pre season, and the euro qualifiers so close would have been a disaster
@KevinRohan3: Gives him more free time to help fix our shit show of a team. Our gain