Wales manager Chris Coleman says he is disappointed Sam Allardyce lost the England job for events off the pitch.
In relation to Sam Allardyce, who lost his job as England manager earlier in the week as part of The Daily Telegraph undercover investigation, Coleman said he had only recently attended a Uefa event with the 61-year-old. “I’m really disappointed for Sam. I was with him last week at a coach’s conference in Paris and I know he will be absolutely devastated. I’ve known Sam for a long time and I know how much he wanted the job and how proud he was to get it. So I’m gutted for him that he has lost it through events off the pitch rather than on it.
“I think he would have done a good job. England would probably have qualified for the World Cup and then you are judged as England manager at a tournament, but now he will never have that chance. He has made a mistake and admitted that. It’s a shame that someone of his experience let their guard down for five minutes and lost their job over it.”