Macca on life with Allardyce


MaccaandallardyceNeil McDonald has discussed life with Sam Allardyce and declared: “We don’t have arguments, maybe heated discussions!”

And the Hammers assistant chief said: “He has always said if you believe something, state your case and we have had discussions where I have stood my ground.

“You have to be careful sometimes and know your place, I certainly know he is the manager and makes the decisions.”

The pair have been together mow for seven years but Macca admits the relationship nearly didn’t happen.

He said: “I didn’t know him before I went to Bolton. had an interview to be first team coach and he always likes to tell me that I was rubbish and third on the list!

Speaking to he added:  “Then he made the three coaches do a session with the lads and they were raving about me and so I got the job on coaching ability rather than interview skills.”

Macca made it clear that he is no ‘yes man’ adding: “I have my own ideas and Sam encourages everyone to have their say and then he will decide.

“As a coach, you have your own philosophy, but at the same time there is only one philosophy and that is the manager’s.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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