LONDON - Sammy Lee has left his role as England's assistant manager following Gareth Southgate's appointment as permanent manager, the Football Association (FA) announced on Tuesday. Lee, 57, was brought in by Southgate's predecessor Sam Allardyce, whose tenure lasted just 67 days after he was brought down by a newspaper sting. Lee worked alongside Southgate during the latter's four-game interim stint at the helm, but having now been awarded a four-year contract, Southgate will look to appoint his own assistant. "I have great respect for Sammy," Southgate said. "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."