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Celtic Brendan Rodgers brands Sam Allardyce media sting an embarrassment

By Robert Jones

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers labelled the Daily Telegraph investigation that led to the quick departure of Sam Allardyce as England manager as "embarrassing" for part of the media.

While most observers of the astonishing events of the past 24 hours would consider the embarrassment to be all on the part of Allardyce, his FA boses and the national game, Carnlough man Rodgers took a polar view.

Perhaps mindful of the media scrutiny of his own private life during his reign as Liverpool boss, Rodgers came out as sympathetic to Allardyec over the nature of the media sting that led to the end of his England reign after just one game.

Asked at a press conference ahead of Celtic's big Champions League clash at home to Manchester City tonight about the investigation into Allardyce and before the 61-year-old had departed, Rodgers said: "What a tactic that is.

"He's just going into the job. It's embarrassing for part of the (media) profession. I've nothing to say or add to it."

Had Rodgers not been in charge of Celtic, he would have been one of the front runners to replace Roy Hodgson after he left the England post following the country's poor showing at the Euro 2016 finals.

Instead, Allardyce was given the nod. There are some at the FA who would still be keen on the Carnlough native, but he is happy at Celtic and is keen to lead the Hoops to domestic success in Scotland this season and show that Celtic can compete in the Champions League group stages.

Former Northern Ireland captain Iain Dowie said: "This is a very, very sad day for English football.

"This is a lad who has climbed up the ladder as a manager from the lower leagues to the pinnacle to become England manager and now it has been snatched away from him.

"He has had his own influence in this but I think he has been badly advised as well."

Former England and Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand said: "The rest of the football community around the world will be laughing at us. The England role has become comical."

Another ex-England star, Alan Shearer, added: "I'm angry at the whole situation, I didn't think England could stoop any lower from what happened in the summer at the Euros. Now here we are, a laughing stock of world football."

Allardyce was appointed England boss in July but having been in charge of just one international he lost his dream job after he was secretly filmed making a variety of controversial comments to undercover reporters.

The Football Association summoned Allardyce to an emergency meeting yesterday and hours later it was announced that his contract was terminated by mutual consent. He had been in the post for 67 days!

Allardyce was filmed by the Daily Telegraph's investigations team during a 10-month probe, which the newspaper claims 'separately unearthed widespread evidence of bribery and corruption in British football'.

The video appears to show Allardyce making numerous controversial remarks about subjects varying from England players to circumventing FA regulations.

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