8 Feb 2011

Ex-England coach sacked by Wolfsburg

5:48 pm on 8 February 2011

The former England football coach Steve McClaren has been sacked by the German league side Wolfsburg after just seven months in charge with his side just one point away from the relegation zone.

The 49-year-old became the first English manager to coach in the Bundesliga - the German national football league, last August, but McClaren has been dismissed in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Hanover.

McClaren slammed Diego for disregarding the English coach's order to let Germany striker Patrick Helmes take an 80th-minute penalty on Saturday, which the Brazilian then missed.