Sam Allardyce Offers Us A Glimpse Into His Mind

Most people involved in modern football receive considerable media training from quite an early age. This manifests itself in several different ways, from the studied mind-games and self-promotion of Jose Mourinho to Michael Owen, who has spent well over a decade as a professional footballer without having ever managed to say anything of note in an interview. There are still some people left, however, an increasingly small number, who come from a different era and don’t seem to have been taught the art of talking a lot whilst saying very little. It is these people that, whether intentionally or not, provide us with considerable entertainment with occasional glimpses into the inner workings of their minds. One of these people is Sam Allardyce, the manager of Blackburn Rovers. Allardyce, in many respects, is the absolute antithesis of the modern, sophisticated Premier League manager. As a player, his top level experience was scant – a couple of seasons with Bolton Wanderers and thirty-odd games for Coventry City – and the early part of his managerial career seemed to fit this profile, as he became a one-man managerial tour of various middling Football League clubs with whom he had varying amounts of success. It was back at Bolton, though, that he broke through what we might have thought was the glass ceiling in establishing Wanderers as a Premier League club. A spell...

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