Match Of The Week: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Manchester City

Sam Allardyce is, for a certain profile of Premier League football club, the pragmatist’s choice as manager. If you strip away the rampant ego and the tendency to strap a Bluetooth headset to the side of his head, Allardyce has a job that he can do. It just happens that the job is to finish somewhere between twelfth and fourteenth in the Premier League, though. For a couple of years, it seemed as though he had ideas above his station. He announced loudly and to anybody that would listen that he was the perfect choice to manage the England team and deserted Bolton Wanderers for Newcastle United. Neither tactic were especially successful. Now, though, he’s back in the bottom of the Premier League doing what he does best – ensuring no significant relegation battles but very little excitement of any other sort either. What Sam would do with the money thrown at Manchester City over the last few months is anybody’s guess, but it’s not completely unthinkable that he could have been the man in charge of this suddenly distended budget. Mark Hughes was selected as Sven Goran Eriksson, reportedly as the first choice of Thaksin Shinawatra, though, and Hughes has spent the last nine months or so half looking as if he has won the national lottery after a forty week rollover and half looking as if he...

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