Gloucester wing Jonny May says he was disappointed to see his national boss Stuart Lancaster lose his job after the Rugby World Cup.
England failed to make it out of the group stages of the competition earlier this year and head coach Lancaster was sacked along with his backroom staff.
May was a member of the England squad and admitted it was difficult to see Lancaster and his staff depart.
"I have a lot of sympathy for them," May told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
The 25-year-old, who has 19 international caps, continued: "It's never nice to see people lose their jobs or things not work out the way you want it to."
Lancaster has since been replaced by Australian Eddie Jones, who will take charge for the first time when England begin their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February.
May said the early World Cup exit was still playing on his mind but players have to find a way to put it behind them.
"I don't think you ever get over it," he said. "It's disappointing.
"We are hurting as a team, but sport is cut-throat at international level and that sort of thing happens.
"It's sad but what can you do about it? You have to move forward and push on."