IF YOU were to imagine a player perfectly designed to to fit into Sam Allardyce’s tactics, then it would look a bit like Andy Carroll, perhaps with a better haircut.
And next season, West Ham fans and really everyone except opposing defenders can now look forward to balls being lumped up to footballing monster Andy Carroll, after a loan fee was agreed with Liverpool.
According to the BBC: “The deal for the England striker is with a view to a permanent transfer of £17m, providing West Ham United stay in the Premier League.
“However, it is thought Carroll does not wish to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis.”
FORMER Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce would like to try his hand at international football – lining up a move to manage World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar.
According to reports this morning Allardyce – who claimed he would win titles and trophies every year if handed a top team to manage – now wants to move to the Middle East minnows after losing his Premier League status.
He said: “The Emirates lifestyle is fabulous.
“It would be great to manage in another country.”
THE dream is over.
Fans of Blackburn Rovers and erratic behaviour alike will be dismayed to hear that the Indian owners of the club have ruled out appointing Argentine Diego Maradona as manager.
Maradona’s name has been in the frame since Venky’s, the Indian poultry giant which acquired Rovers last month, sacked Sam Allardyce on Monday.
But Venky’s Chicken chief Anuradha J Desai said: “I can assure you that Maradona is nowhere near to being considered. He is not in our line of thinking.
“We are looking out for senior manager, people with experience in the UK. Basically, we are looking at somebody who has played in the Premier League or managed teams in the league.
“We don’t want to make a hurried decision because if we take a manager, he should be there for a long time and do a good job.”
Surely somebody, at some point, will give in and hand Diego the Premier League job he craves?
BLACKBURN boss Sam Allardyce has said his comments about winning titles every year with Real Madrid or Manchester United were “tongue-in-cheek”.
Allardyce had said he would “win the double or the league every time” at the likes of Real, United, Inter Milan or Chelsea – but today he has said his comments had been in jest, although he could manage a top side if he really wanted to.
He said: “I didn’t think it would create quite as big a stir as it has done.
“It was a tongue-in-cheek comment. Somebody asked me if I had found my level and was comfortable as manager at Blackburn Rovers.
“I’m never comfortable as a manager because I am always looking to improve, and my terms of wanting to improve is about having a burning ambition to always get better than I am.
“Obviously, in the end, that would always be to try and get to the very, very top of the industry that I am working in.
“I believe in my own ability, that is the bottom line. At the moment it is with Blackburn Rovers, which I am very pleased about.”
BLACKBURN Rovers manager Sam Allardyce would win the title every year if he was manager of Real Madrid or Manchester United.
Allardyce has claimed neither he nor Mark Hughes, whose Fulham team take on Allardyce’s charges this weekend, were given enough time at bigger clubs.
He said: “I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid.
“It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time.
“Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn’t be a problem.
“It’s not where I’m suited to, it’s just where I’ve been for most of the time.
“It’s not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it.”
Somebody’s been playing a bit too much Football Manager methinks.
WITH the season drawing to a close, transfer talk is once again looming.
And aside from the usual rumours – premiership stars like Fabregas and Rooney heading to Spain, Man City looking to buy the moon on a stick as cover for Shay Given etc. – one target caught my eye.
Bovine manager Sam Allardyce is looking to bring former Liverpool and Sunderland striker to Blackburn next term – and I salute him.
The French striker, officially the Lord of Frodsham Manor, has a playing style as eccentric as his hairdos, all heads-down sprints and thunderbolt shots, and always livens up proceedings.
More players like this, please, Premiership.