Former England manager Steve McClaren has expressed his sympathy to Sam Allardyce who left the job on Tuesday after talks with the English Football Association.
Allardyce left what he has called his “dream job” after just 67 days in charge after the Telegraph posted video of the now former England manager talking to undercover journalists, posing as businessmen, on how to circumvent FA transfer rules, along with mocking his predecessor Roy Hodgson.
“It’s been a hugely disappointing couple of days for English football and I’m very sad for what has happened to Sam,” McClaren said.
“It could have happened to any of us in a high-profile position and Sam has innocently paid the price and it just shows where sport is, at the elite level, that privacy can only be found in the four walls of your home.
“And I think a lot of managers, who have been targeted, have unfortunately found that out, too.
“We need closure on this so the newspapers and reporters should give their information to the FA so they can step in – if there is anything there, it’s got to be cut out of the game.”
McClaren spent 16 months in charge of the English national team between 2006 and 2007. His stint is the second shortest now that Allardyce only spent 67 days at the helm.