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Sam Allardyce
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Football Coach
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Club as Coach Crystal Palace
  Bolton Wanderers

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce on Paul Scholes] There is not a better midfield player in the world

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce took a somewhat dim view of Manchester United’s tactics in claiming a 1-1 draw] We couldn’t cope with ‘long-ball United’, it was ‘thump it forward and see what they could get’. In the end it paid off. It’s not how you normally see Man United play, but it got them a point in the end

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce at his first press conference as Sunderland manager on his hopes for managing England one day] If I am doing exceptionally well when Roy decides he doesn’t want to be there, then I have got a chance

2016 05 14 Retrieve

[Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce in a press conference after his side secured their Premier League safety with a 3-0 win over Everton] I’m not talking about recruitment today, I’m just trying to get over my hangover!

2016 12 24 Retrieve

[New Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce tells his hopes for the English Premier League outfit after succeeding Alan Pardew] I hope we can bring some joy, particularly over Christmas and new year, but over the long term, between now and the end of the season. The club itself seems to be very ambitious. Certainly the chairman and the owners seem to be taking the club forward in the right direction. I like the look of the squad and that’s probably the reason that I am here because I feel the club can go forward from here, and hopefully, I can help it go forward

2017 01 29 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce talks about his player Youri Djorkaeff when coaching Bolton Wanderers] Youri was top-class, a brilliant human being as well as a brilliant footballer. He knew how to set the standards

2017 12 29 Retrieve

[Everton officials in Turkey to wrap up Cenk Tosun deal before rivals act] It’s in the wind. There’s obviously an interest because we’re actively looking for a front man but whether we are the ones to complete that deal or not I don’t know. The interest from other clubs around Europe is our biggest worry if we are to secure that transfer

[Although he would also be keen on a reunion with Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi providing he can sell a midfielder] I would take Steven N’Zonzi tomorrow. He is one of my better buys in my lifetime, only €650,000 from France to Blackburn Rovers. Knowing him from that age and knowing him now, yes I would like him but with the amount of midfield players I have at the moment I’d have to move some player out to bring a player like Steven in.

I would consider every offer and, if it is the right offer, I would recommend to the board that we take it and utilise that money on what we might bring in. I’d have to say that caution is my first priority in this window. For me it would be much wiser that the club tries to get through until the end of the season and readdress what we are about to do during the summer. It is much better operating then than it is in this very difficult window

We’re consistently defending well but we’re not attacking very well in possession. I feel the problem is the players’ ability to do the transition correctly

When I came in, they played out from the back, played through midfield and when they lost it they lost a goal. When they went into transition they couldn’t defend properly and hence conceded 25 goals in the last eight games before I got here. I think it’s the reverse now. They are defending superbly well but in transition they can’t turn the ball into good passing opportunities and get at the opposition and create more chances

I wouldn’t expect that so much against Liverpool and certainly not against Chelsea but I would still say we should have done better with the possession we had. But West Brom was a big concern for me

2018 01 05 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce says Cenk Tosun Everton £27m striker ‘best in Europe’ at his price] This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree. He is two-footed, perhaps not the biggest but he’s very efficient in the air and in the box he gets good space to get his head on the ball. We looked at the qualities of the player, his talent and goalscoring, and his resilience, too. I do not think you can look any more than we have done

2018 01 17 Retrieve

[Allardyce offered a bleak reason for limiting the pair’s opportunities in the second half of the season, although bleak is in keeping with Everton’s entire campaign] We have some young players who are very attractive in terms of their abilities like Vlasic and Lookman. But they are so young and having to play them in the first team every single week - we have already been running with four players 23 and under - is for me a risky game in terms of results. Everton needs results until such time as it is certainly safe in the Premier League. If I try to then groom those players further there is over £2m a place. You need to still try and win. Grooming a youngster then becomes even more difficult because of the money

2018 01 19 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th match in management on a 25-year career] I actually thought I was already there when I left Crystal Palace because if you counted Limerick I was well past 1,000 games but those games weren’t added because it wasn’t a full-time professional club. To experience so many different clubs with so many different cultures has been a great journey for me. I now look forward to the lads making sure we win and I can celebrate it a little bit more when we get those three points

2018 01 29 Retrieve

[Everton have received approaches for Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen, but Sam Allardyce says the club have dismissed the offers as financially unacceptable] We’ve had a number of enquiries that are not suitable for us to allow the player to leave, nearly all of them on loan. We haven’t accepted any deal yet and we won’t until the board tell me financially it’s acceptable and I say to them it’s in the best interests of the club or the player to go out on loan. We have got a lot of players so moving some out on loan would be a possibility but only if it’s right for the club

[Everton have been linked with Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and Marcelo Brozovic of Inter, but when asked if there was any movement towards a deal for either player, Allardyce said] Not yet. I would expect that my focus is not on the transfer window because unfortunately yet again the Premier League have decided to play a game right on the transfer window deadline. Clearly at the AGM they didn’t think it was worth not doing it this time round, on the back of playing the whole of the Christmas period and playing five games in 15 or 16 days. I can pick a team today [Monday], and tomorrow I could pick up the paper and see a player is going to be sold before the window shuts. How is that player going to approach that game against Leicester that’s very important to us? We all suffer that

2018 02 02 Retrieve

[Reason behind Klaassen’s failed Napoli move revealed] Apparently something like that, apparently that’s the norm at that club (Napoli). Whatever they do as a football club that their image rights are, I don’t know the technical details, but whether their image rights are not validated or taken are over by club, I don’t know

Thats the power of the player with the agent, really, there’s nothing else we can do about that. If I’m sat in that position and have an agent, the agent works for me, not the other way round. So for me it would never have been a financial decision. Even if I was losing money I’d be going, but that’s me - because I’d want to play football. Davy wants to play football, but whether he got the full story I don’t know, because I wasn’t involved with it

[Asked if Klaassen would now be forced to train away from the first team] No, I don’t think so. (He’ll be with first team squad) because Davy Klaassen doesn’t give you the sort of problems some players do when they’re not involved. He’s a super professional and a super lad, and he comes in and tries his best in training on every occasion

2018 03 12 Retrieve

[Everton boss Sam Allardyce admitted he was in a lose-lose situation when Tosun arrived, opting to give him time to settle in rather than throw him into the side] What a finish, hey? We’ve seen what he can do. It’s about our lads getting more quality into the box for him. We had an awful lot today, time and time again we were in the final third.

As soon as we deliver a bit of real quality, the two goals came about. He found himself a bit of space and finifd it brilliantly.

He’s settled down. It was: ‘Why did you buy him? Why are you not playing him?’ The usual when you pay money for somebody. For me my job is not what about everybody else says, it’s about what I think internally, when he’s ready.

He could have got a lot of criticism if I’d played him too soon, and they’d all have started saying: ‘What a waste of money,’ as happens across the football world, but we were patient with him and he worked really hard. Long may it continue

Our big problem has been away from home. If you reverse it (home and away form) and look with the home points we’ve gained we’re riding high in the top six

2019 07 11 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce claims he rejected the chance to speak to Newcastle United about returning to the club as Rafael Benitez’s replacement] I was certainly extremely surprised. It never really got to the sort of talks people are suggesting. I had to chat to my agent and, as much as I respect Newcastle, Newcastle fans and Mike [Ashley, Newcastle owner], it wasn’t for me. I politely said no and moved on. It’s that thing [in your mind]… don’t go back. Maybe if it was the first time around I’d have jumped at it, but not now. I appreciate the offer. I was very flattered that I was being considered. I had a think about it, but it wasn’t something I thought about too long. It was better that I made a quick decision for everybody because they’re in pre-season now. I never got to talk to Mike, it was just my agent contacted me and I had a quick think about it and a look at the situation. [It was] not for me.

[Allardyce, 64, has not held a full-time coaching role since leaving Everton in May 2018. And the former defender was unhappy with the amount of time he was given at Goodison Park] Everybody walks around talking about, ‘Sam Allardyce’s style is not good enough, he doesn’t play the right way’ and so on and so forth and it is a massive problem for me. People believe it. You believe the false lies, the false implications. Football does that - it believes that lie sometimes. It is built up by fellow managers, journos who follow on with it and you are never going to get rid of it. The type of football I played at Everton, the fans said it wasn’t good enough and I would say the same - I knew it wasn’t good enough for Everton - but I knew I had to get them in the position where they were safe. Then let me build the team, let me spend the next 80million, 100million on the players that will make Everton much, much more fluid, much more creative and go forward and score more goals and hopefully finish better than eighth

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Allardyce, though, believes Arsenal can get their man if they accept that a fee of around £80 million ($100m) is now the going rate for a player of Wilfried Zaha’s pedigree and ability] Pay the money. Time’s running out and the window is going to shut. If Manchester United are having to pay £90m for a centre-half, which is what they’ve been quoted for [Harry] Maguire, then this £70/80m price tag being put on Zaha is well worth it in light of the market we’re operating in today. Wilfried is proven at this level and he’d be a massive success at Arsenal. He’s ready, but Arsenal need to stop messing around like they are the minute. Wilfried is in his prime - there’s not too many players like him about. Steve [Parish] won’t like me saying this, because I’ve got a lot of respect for the man and for what he’s done for Crystal Palace, but if Wilf doesn’t leave very shortly then he never will. He’s ready now to move on now, so Arsenal just need to get the deal done

2019 07 25b Retrieve

[Arsenal can get Zaha if they stop messing around] Wilfried is proven at this level and he’d be a massive success at Arsenal. He’s ready, but Arsenal need to stop messing around like they are the minute

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce, who also coached Wilfried Zaha during his spell at Selhurst Park, says that, despite the club’s protestations, the £55m transfer still seems like a good fit given Everton’s renewed ambition under owner Farhad Moshiri] I would have thought it was a possibility Everton would have tried to sign him because they’ve been one of the biggest players in the market since Farhad got control of Everton, and it looks like they’re splashing out again this summer. Making an offer for Wilf is not beyond them, but whether they’ll reach [chairman Steve Parish’s] valuation, I’m not so sure. I thought the Arsenal move would have been the big one for Wilf, because he’d prefer to stay in London

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce says Gareth Southgate will not be swapping England for Tottenham any time soon] It depends on his own ambitions, on whether he thinks he’s got something to prove by coming to manage in the Premier League, because obviously his Middlesbrough days didn’t last very long or end too well because he got thrown in the deep end. Obviously he’s learnt an awful lot from then to now. I think his partnership with [assistant] Steve Holland is extremely good and that relationship is excellent.

They may fancy a dabble back [in the Premier League], but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier League. At some point or other, it depends on the situation of the FA being willing to let him go, Gareth wanting to go, and how much the compensation would be and whether [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy is willing to pay it. I can’t see him going before the Euros and I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment

[Expanding on his statement regarding Pochettino] At the moment, Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United … and that is a telling fact. It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’, but has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United. It’s like Steve Bruce at the moment; he’s getting all the flak at Newcastle but is the squad good enough for Newcastle? It doesn’t look like it.

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Former England manager Sam Allardyce also heaped praised Matteo Guendouzi’s consistency and believes he’s playing well beyond his age] What a find. He’s going unrecognised and under the radar which is a good thing for him at his age, but he was thrown in the deep end last season and this year has got even better. He’s probably never going to be man of the match, but the consistent level of his possession, where he pops up into space at his young age, and [his ability to] keep the ball is very, very impressive

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] Tottenham is a massive club for him to get his teeth into and try to get them winning some trophies. Certainly he’s got the talent and quality of squad to make Tottenham a big challenger and I think they can still challenge for the top four.

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Former England boss Sam Allardyce says he would solve Arsenal’s defensive problems tomorrow if given the chance] Arsenal have lost their way at the moment. They need to bond and connect as a squad, somebody needs to get in the dressing room. I could come and work on Arsenal’s defence and make them better tomorrow, not a problem whatsoever. I’ve done it everywhere I’ve been - Newcastle, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham Crystal Palace, Everton, I’ve done it all there. But what you can’t do is get the front line performing that much better, you’ve got to hope you’ve got good quality players up there, and Arsenal have

[Pressed on whether he would take the job] Of course I would. I don’t know a man who wouldn’t! But I’m never going to be in the frame. I’m not fashionable enough for Arsenal. I know there’s is a reputation at the club on how you should play, but realistically when you’re struggling it’s about finding the capabilities of the players and getting them to play to those capabilities. I’ve always been pragmatic and have always picked a style to suit the players

Nobody will be enjoying going in at Arsenal at the moment. It’s crisis management, you have to start making the players believe in themselves again. It’s not about what you are as a coach, it’s about what you are a man-manager, extracting the best out of the players again and breathing some confidence back into them

[Allardyce has also cast doubt over links to Carlo Ancelotti] I’m not so sure Ancelotti would want it. A manager of his calibre would look at the quality of the squad and wouldn’t want to put his own reputation and career at that much risk

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce describes what it’s like to be appointed Everton manager] Agents are the key element to the players and managers. A lot of the chief execs seek the advice of many agents across the world of football. He’d say he’d spoken to someone at Everton who was interested in talking to me.

There were rumours about Marco Silva from Watford so I went off to Dubai

2019 12 21b Retrieve

[Allardyce: Ancelotti to Everton one of the biggest managerial coups] Carlo Ancelotti has to be one of the biggest coups Everton have ever had to pull off because of his track record. His track record is absolutely fabulous, phenomenal, great coach. He’s a great guy who I met in his time at Chelsea and I’m sure he’s had a lot of discussions on just what he actually wants and what he actually needs to find out whether Everton could provide him with that because he would want to be successful, he would not want to be anything other than successful coming here to Goodison Park

[Ancelotti suggests he will be adding Steve Round to his backroom team] [Steve Round] Really good coach, very detailed, very organised. He likes to link in a lot with the analysts and the sports scientists and the nutritionists. So he can bring a lot to the table, take a lot of pressure off Arteta and obviously Mikel worked with him and must have been impressed with him in his coaching days here with David Moyes at Everton

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Allardyce angling for Arsenal job] I could come and work on Arsenal’s defence and make them better tomorrow, not a problem whatsoever. I’ve done it everywhere I’ve been - Newcastle, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham Crystal Palace, Everton, I’ve done it all there. But what you can’t do is get the front line performing that much better, you’ve got to hope you’ve got good quality players up there, and Arsenal have.

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce has suggested that if he had a foreign name like ‘Sam Allardicio’ he could have managed Manchester United] Sean Dyche has taken Burnley from obscurity into Europe. [A place in] Europe, over a consistent level of games, is much harder to achieve than winning a piece of silverware, where you play six or seven games and get to a cup final. I don’t understand the logic, it just isn’t logic whatsoever. You cannot work at a smaller club and expect to get a bigger job by winning trophies … it’s an absolute nonsense

[While that may well be true, Allardyce’s advice to British managers seeking the most coveted jobs in the country was more questionable] The best way to get a Premier League job if you are British is to change your name to a foreign name. I have always said if I was ‘Allardicio’ I could have managed Manchester United

[Asked about the upturn in Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers’ fortunes after his trophy-laden spell at Celtic] We can all go to Celtic and win trophies. Well, it will soon be Rangers I think. The way Steven Gerrard is going they will start winning trophies again… fans expect you to win trophies [there] and if you don’t do that then you get the sack

2020 02 16 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce says Guardiola ready for Juventus challenge] I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona. He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been through the playing days and coaching behind the scenes with the youngsters, and then the top job, and then he wins the Champions League, La Liga on a regular basis and then goes: ‘Boosh! I’m having a year off.’

He decided Germany was the next adventure and what was impressive about Pep was that he could speak German. That year he took off he taught himself how to speak German, so when he first went he knew how to communicate, which is very important if you go abroad. Then he has three seasons there and comes to Manchester City. He’s had some great years at Manchester City now and Italy is another challenge.

So he looks like it’s a bit of, ‘I need to go to Italy and challenge myself there and show them what I can do in that country’. Which is massive in football terms, like it is in Germany and England and Spain, so that challenge for him runs along a line a bit like what Jose Mourinho has done. Portugal, Chelsea, Milan, Madrid and now Jose is back where most like to be, in the Premier League. It’ll be sad to lose Guardiola because he has brought so much to the Premier League in his time and we’re all better off for him

The Italian style of football is very negative, very defensive in terms of its outlook and always has been. To win 1-0 has always been enough for them. He [Guardiola] will go and change that completely. He imposes his style of football wherever he lands. He will transform Juventus in terms of the way they play to his normal passing game

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[Former England manager Sam Allardyce says Lives matter] I’ve got a big fear that we should stop the season and look to start again next season. I don’t know how you can finish a season with everything that’s going on in terms of the NHS, how strained it is, and everybody needing to stay safe in their own homes. I think it’s the way it has escalated into such a difficult period for the whole world and, particularly, for our country, how rapidly this virus is spreading and how many lives it looks like it is going to take, and because the only way we can stop it is by isolating. It’ll be very sad for a lot of teams. In the Premier League, there’s Liverpool, who have had such a fantastic season but lives matter and nothing takes precedence over that

[Their vice-chairman Karren Brady attracted criticism by calling for the season to be declared null and void. Allardyce was asked why he thought Brady had made the comments] Protecting West Ham football club as best she can I would suggest, with my tongue in cheek. It would get rid of all the problems they’ve had this season if it was finished now and restarted next season in terms of fighting against relegation - that’s why she may have suggested it!

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce urges Magpies to stick with Bruce] It’s going to be very difficult for Steve, I think he’d be worried if the takeover happens. I’ve experienced new takeovers twice - once at Blackburn [with Venkys] and once at Newcastle with Mike Ashley. I wasn’t Mike’s man and I can understand that, and Steve must be very worried from that point of view. There was a lot of hoo-ha about whether Steve was good enough or not, but I think he has done a very good job in his first season, considering he came in just two weeks before the season started, and at the moment they are going to be a Premier League side next season. I still don’t understand why Rafa Benitez was deemed to be so good. I just don’t understand it because Newcastle played such negative football then, it was unbelievable. But there you go; Rafa did a great PR job in himself and how he managed that club at that time

Steve is a very, very good Premier League manager of a great high quality, irrespective of what the media might say, and he knows how to put a club in a position to move forward. If you change everything around, sack everybody and bring new people in, then it’s going to take years and years and they may well waste their money spending it quickly on the wrong players

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Sam Allardyce believes former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison was a country mile better than the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard] He was that good but because of the mental side of his game and his life he couldn’t produce that talent on a regular basis. He was the biggest waste of talent I ever worked with