Here's what Alan Shearer and other sporting stars had to say about disgraced Sam Allardyce's shock exit
Sam Allardyce's behaviour has made England the laughing stock of world football, according to former Three Lions skippers Alan Shearer.
The 61-year-old saw his contract terminated by mutual agreement with the Football Association on Tuesday, after barely two months as manager and just one match in charge.
Allardyce was caught out by undercover Daily Telegraph reporters, making a host of controversial remarks including expressing his views on the outlawed practice of third-party ownership, suggesting there was a way to "get around it".
Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm staggered at the misjudgement from a guy who openly admitted that it was his dream job. I'm angry at the whole situation.
"I didn't think England could stoop any lower from what happened in the summer in the Euros (losing) to Iceland. And now, here we are. We're a laughing stock of world football."
Meanwhile, former footballers and sporting stars took to Twitter to make their feelings known:
Allardyce appeared willing to pursue a £400,000 deal to address investors in the Far East, when he spoke to the undercover reporters who were posing as businessmen.
In a statement on Tuesday, Allardyce confirmed he was stepping down, saying: "This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.
"Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA's full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.
"As part of today's meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.
"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."