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Allardyce Plays Down Villa Links

Looks like Big Sam Allardyce isn't intending to come to Villa Park but has said what a 'compliment' it is to be linked with all the vacant positions!

Big Sam is third favourite behind Martin O'Neil (who won't come with Ellis in charge) and Alan Curbishley (who wants a year off football and surely wouldn't come whilst Ellis is in charge anyway!).

Allardyce, who should be the new England manager, said it was 'quite a compliment' having also been linked with the Sunderland job.

'I always seem to be speculated on with every job that comes along, which is rather nice. Normally, it's when you are out of work that you get to be favourite for most jobs, so at this moment in time that would be Martin O'Neill and Alan Curbishley. If I'm running a close third to them and I'm already in a job, that's quite a compliment.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 21 2006

Time: 4:23PM

Your Comments

He would need compensation, so I can't imagine he's even on Doug's list
DougInABox
J? You should be grateful Mick McCarthy has gone just down the road to Super Sammy Chung and his Chinese Laundry territory! He would have finished you off :-))
merlin
I reckon the new manager will be paul jewell, compo is only 500,000
groseyboy
Big Sam has probably gone as far as he can with Bolton. Its downhill from here, but no matter what you think about the guy, he's done a tremendous job at The Reebok. Whether he'd be seriously interested in moving to, and starting again at a bigger club (I guess we are still considered bigger than Bolton?), and whether he'd be as successful elsewhere, is of course the big question. Personally I'd prefer him anyday of the week to Alan Curbishley, but its all a moot point anyway I suspect. Big Sam certainly wouldnt want or need the hassle of working for Ellis and co.
glensider
hmm 2 strong characters. Sam and Deadly would either get on brilliantly or hate each other. I can't see any big names wanting to go to Villa and being in the firing line straight away
cherry_brandy
As long as deadly is around a big name manager wont. Allardyce may have done all he can at Bolton but would he really want to give it up to work for him?
pompeyrug
 

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