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McClaren: It could have happened to anyone

Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce have come up against each other in the past. Credit: Reuters

Former England boss Steve McClaren says anyone could have been caught out like Sam Allardyce.

The ex-Bolton manager lost the England job on Tuesday following comments he made to undercover reporters.

McClaren, who was speaking at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester, expressed his disappointment for Allardyce on a personal level, after he only lasted 67 days as England manager.

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.

Personally, I'm very sad and disappointed. Professionally, I think if there is information about anything bad the FA should deal with it because nobody wants to see a corrupt game.

– Steve McClaren


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FA statement: Allardyce leaves by 'mutual agreement'

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

After confirming that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager, by "mutual agreement" The Football Association released this statement.

"The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager.

"Allardyce's conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

"This is not a decision that was taken lightly but The FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

"Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men's senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst The FA begins its search for the new England manager.

"The FA wishes Sam well in the future."

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Midlands Matchday Live: Half time scores

Premier League

  • Stoke 0-0 West Brom


  • Derby 0-0 Blackburn
  • Norwich 1-0 Burton
  • QPR 1-1 Birmingham
  • Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Nottingham Forest
  • Wolves 0-0 Brentford

League One

  • Wimbledon 1-0 Shrewsbury
  • Bristol Rovers 1-1 Port Vale
  • Bury 1-1 Chesterfield
  • Gillingham 1-1 Coventry
  • Northampton 0-0 Southend
  • Peterborough 1-1 Walsall

League Two

  • Notts County 0-0 Leyton Orient
  • Yeovil 3-1 Cheltenham
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