Sam voted a ‘dream boss’



By Harry Sherlock

Sam Allardyce has emerged as the dream manager of various footballers across the country in a new poll.

FourFourTwo polled 100 footballers across all four divisions, asking them questions such as whether they would ever play for a rival club and whether the transfer window is a good thing.

And, when it came to their ideal manager, Allardyce polled 6% – the same number as Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, putting him in joint-fourth position with the wacky German, who has contested a Champions League final and twice won the Bundesliga.

Jose Mourinho came out on top – with 48% – while Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger came second and third respectively.

It means that Allardyce beat the likes of Louis van Gaal, Brendan Rodgers and Diego Simeone, although he gained one vote – from an unnamed Championship player – because he gives players a day off if they play well!

A League One player, though, sounded a somewhat familiar note of caution about Allardyce, having worked with him in the past.

The pro – who chose Klopp – said: “I’ve worked with Sam. He was good, but tough on young kids.”

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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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  • TysonM says:

    Tough on young kids & never giving them a chance.Have we actually had a player come through the system to play for the first team in the prem since we have been back in Allardyces reign.It really ****es me off when i see none of them come through.I know other bigger clubs probably get the better ones in our area but i cant believe we aint had anyone good enough.Southampton turn out kids for fun & it aint just coz they have the whole of the south to choose from.Some of their kids have come from all over the country.But we all know Sam only trusts players who are known quantities,even if they aint that good,sorry Joey O’Brien,but you spring to mind along with other Allardyce journeymen we have had.

  • mattefumi69 says:

    I can’t believe it… Hugh are you sure is it not a poll about the “nightmare manager”? lol

  • punchy says:

    Wait a minute. The headline could read ONLY SIX PROFFESSIONAL PLAYERS OUT OF 100 SEE SAM AS THERE DREAM BOSS. whereas 48 voted for Jose. Just shows in what poor regard he is held by prodfessional footballers as well as his clubs fans.

  • bubs says:

    So KevinNolan,Andy Carroll,Joey O,Brien,Matt Taylor,Guy Demel and a mystery championship player voted for BFS.
    HUGH after yesterday you tried to cool us down and start apologies to Mr Nolan,
    Now you are trying to wind us up is this a poll from rolling conker tv,

  • TysonM says:

    Yeah i guess this is Hughs way of being objective & even handed.No tabloid sensationalism like ‘Busted flush Sam only gets 6% of votes’,lol 😀

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