England axe Allardyce - what they said

2016-09-27 22:44
Sam Allardyce (AFP)

London - Reaction to Sam Allardyce leaving his role as England manager "by mutual consent" on Tuesday after he was exposed by a newspaper sting just 67 days into the job:

"I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm staggered at the misjudgement from a guy who admitted this was his dream job. It's incredible and a catastrophic misjudgement by Sam and his advisors. For him to sit in that room in front of those guys (under-cover reporters) is a huge, huge error."

- Former England captain Alan Shearer (BBC Radio 5 Live)

"Not really convinced Sam's done that much wrong (helping one of his employers navigate transfers and rules) or acted out of normal character."

- Ex-England winger Trevor Sinclair offers support via Twitter

"The rest of the football community around the world will be laughing at us. The England role has become comical. This was a man who was passionate about getting the job. He forced the FA to act. Naivety seems to be the word coming up. It's disappointing for English football."

- Former England centre-back Rio Ferdinand (BT Sport)

"I've got a little bit of sympathy for him, but he gave the FA no choice. England are a bit of a shambles. First the Euros, now this. He will be devastated."

- Robbie Savage, the former Leicester City and Wales midfielder, reflects on a miserable few months for England following their elimination at Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland (BT Sport)

"Staggering mis-judgement by Sam, feel for him, correct decision @FA, importance to surround yourself with the right people is the main lesson."

- Former England rugby union head coach (and World Cup winner) Clive Woodward, on Twitter

"Sam Allardyce has lost his job as England manager. No one, though, will ever beat his game winning percentage."

- Ex-England striker Gary Lineker, writing on Twitter, looks on the bright side after Allardyce won his only match in charge against Slovakia

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