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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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Scudamore: There's no room for malpractice in football

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore says there is no place for malpractice in football.

His comments come in the wake of Sam Allardyce's exit from the England job. Scudamore told ITV News that the correct protocols need to be in place in order to ensure football is corruption free.

There's very there is no room for any malpractice.

The money doesn't concern me but when there is money around you have to make sure the governing procedures are in place.

– Richard Scudamore

Man United boss Mourinho feels sorry for Allardyce

Jose Mourinho has sympathy for Allardyce. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for Sam Allardyce following his brief spell as England manager.

Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Zorya on Thursday, the Portuguese explained that he doesn't any differently of Allardyce after he was caught up in the scandal that caused his demise.

The only thing I can say is that I like Sam, I feel sorry for that because I know it was the dream job [for him] and I feel very sorry.

The second thing is that what happened is not going to interfere in any way in my relationship with him, I liked him and respected him before and that is not going to change.

The third thing is that this is between him and the FA and I have nothing to say about it really.

– Jose Mourinho

Davies: Allardyce exit a sign of scrutiny level

Former Football Association chief David Davies believes Sam Allardyce's premature exit as England manager is further proof of the scrutiny one is under in the role.

Davies told ITV News that he was "immensely sad" about Allardyce leaving his position after just 67 days, but he wasn't surprised by the outcome following the allegations made by The Telegraph.

I am immensely sad on a personal level at what has happened.

I think what it illustrates the level of scrutiny if you become the England manager. Some of us have talked about it over many years, saying it compares to members of the Royal family or members of government and sometimes more extreme than that.

– David Davies

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Allardyce: Entrapment has cost me England job

Sam Allardyce says "entrapment has won" after he lost his job following a newspaper investigation.

The Football Association terminated his contract on Tuesday after revelations made in The Telegraph.

Speaking outside his home the day after he left the England manager's job, the former Bolton boss explained he was off on holiday to reflect on what had happened.

On reflection, it was a silly thing to do; I helped out someone I had known for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgement on my behalf.

I've suffered the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion.

The agreement [to terminate his contract] with the FA was all done very amicably.

I have a confidential agreement so I can't say too much more.

I'm going to go away and reflect on it. I am off abroad to chill out and reflect on it.

– Sam Allardyce

Allardyce was 'doing favour for friend'

Sam Allardyce lost his job on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Former England manager Sam Allardyce claims he only attended a meeting with undercover reporters in order to help a friend get a job.

Allardyce told Sky Sports News that thought he was helping Scott McGarvey get a £260,000 a year job with a company when he met the reporters in a hotel.

It also reported that Allardyce said he 'wasn't being greedy' nor 'wanted to earn more money' following the discussion with undercover journalists.

It is thought Allardyce will leave the country to go on a family holiday for a couple of weeks as he ponders his future.

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