Roy Hodgson has expressed displeasure at the exit of former Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri.
The Cottagers dismissed Ranieri after less than four months in charge, after managing three wins in 17 outings leaving them in the relegation zone.
His assistant Scott Parker has been placed in caretaker charge until the end of the season.
But Hodgson has jumped in the defence of the former title-winning coach at Leicester City, suggesting the decision to axe him was harsh.
“Fulham are a club very close to my heart,” said Hodgson, speaking at the London Football Awards.
“I had two-and-a-half wonderful years there and it’s sad to see they’ve taken this type of decision. He told Sky.
“I feel a lot of empathy with Claudio Ranieri. He came in to do the job that was asked of him and has done it with great dignity.
“Obviously it has been hard for him to turn around results which were not there in the first place when he came.
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“They’ve had two very good coaches in [Slavisa] Jokanovic and Ranieri and lost them both. I suppose they’ll have to look for a third one.
“My sympathy is always with the manager in that situation because I’m 100 per cent certain Ranieri has done nothing professionally to deserve it.”
Parker’s first test is the visit of former club Chelsea to Craven Cottage on Sunday.