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Big Sam the Man?

Does anybody think someone of the stature of 'Big Sam' Allardyce would be remotely tempted by a move down to the Championship to manage 'ickle old Burnley?

Most Clarets fans would have scoffed at that suggestion and turned into Victor Meldrews!

'I dont believe it' then after reading today's Daily Mirror.

According to the national paper, Sam Allardyce wants to be the next Burnley boss and he has "already put in for the job". The Mirror reports that the former Blackburn Rovers` manager is "desperate to get stuck in again" after being sacked by Rovers` new Indian owners a fortnight ago.

There would certainly be something ironic about Big Sam getting the job at Turf Moor and imagine what fun we could have bantering with the Rovers fans.

'Big Sam' though is used to state-of-the-art Premier League facilities along the lines of the Reebok. Would he really be happy at Turf Moor working with far greater restricted budgets than he has been used to?

Well who knows! He might simply be motivated by the knowledge he has got one over on Blackburn after being treated so badly by now batting for the other side!

On the flip-side how would Clarets fans take to the news that they now had a former Blackburn Rovers manager at the helm?

What interesting times we live in. 2011? What a year this could turn out to be.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 30 2010

Time: 10:48AM

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Flipping heck,if Big Sam becomes the manager, it would be hilarious! We might not play attractive football but I am sure he would get us up and keep us up for many a season! It could be dull to watch but we would be financially secure for a century
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30/12/2010 10:53:00

I was thinking the same thing tmp. If he gets us up there so that we can use the dosh to improve Gawthorpe, buy back and improve the Turf and sign some awseome players, we'd be laughing. But then we wouldn't be laughing at the quality of the football, or would we? But by then, we'd probably be in a position to attract such quality as the 'special one'. no problem.
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30/12/2010 11:34:00

Interesting one. a) cant see their us being any truth in this b) the fact he is an ex B*stard doesnt bother me c) My initial thought was I dont want to watch that football, but you do make a good point TMP - If he gets us up and keeps us up, we could be in a strong position financially ( if done correctly) hmmmm, I think I will go back to my initial thought - I cant see any truth in this.
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30/12/2010 11:43:00

Really not sure about this one.
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30/12/2010 11:52:00

Should perhaps have added that Alan Nixon is one of the joint contributors to the Mirror article along with David Anderson so make of that what you will!!!
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30/12/2010 12:59:00

Walking round Burnley market yesterday Big Sam's name was the name on everyone's lips. Mind you, a little lad interviewed on Sky Sports News earlier said he wanted 'Joseo Mouriniho'. I'd like a night of passion with Eva Mendes AND Anna Kournikova but doubt it will happen. But if it does I might not be able to make the Reading game !
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30/12/2010 13:08:00

Mind you in the Guardian,it sounds like Big Sam has ruled himself out-Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the running to become either the Burnley or Preston North End manager, following the sackings of Brian Laws and Darren Ferguson yesterday. Allardyce was removed as the Blackburn Rovers manager earlier this month and is keen for a return to football as soon as possible. Yet despite both Burnley and Preston also being in Lancashire a source close to Allardyce confirmed he is not interested in taking charge at either club. It is understood that Allardyce is keen to continue managing in the Premier League, and he may be monitoring the situation at West Ham United and Fulham, where Avram Grant and Mark Hughes are both under pressure in the relegation zone....Cant say I'm surprised if true!
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30/12/2010 13:10:00

Knew it was never going to work.
Couch Potato
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30/12/2010 13:15:00

That makes Big Sam sound like an ambulance chaser , hovering around waiting for an opportunity. I've already had enough of all this press speculation, and we haven't even started yet.
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30/12/2010 13:36:00

On RTs theme I wouldn't mind a night of passion with Mr Mouriniho (don't tell the hubby though) and Mr Mouriniho also wouldn't make the Reading game. Now now only because we'd still be debating formations and the off side rule.
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30/12/2010 13:38:00

Allardyce told Alistair Campbell he has no intention of applying for the job as stated by Campbell on Sky News yesterday at 4pm so whats everyone yacking about ... move on boys
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30/12/2010 15:32:00

A Mirror article that said otherwise,HC!! ;-)
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30/12/2010 15:57:00

I think Campbell said he didn't think Allardyce would come down a league not that he told him HC. Plus he saw Allardyce last week when Laws still had the job, your timings are a bit out. It could be true, personally I would love to have him. True the football might become boring but who cares if we get promoted! WHo cares if he keeps us up and he's got a proven track record with smaller clubs. Plus Gawthorpe is already getting re-developed so the facilities would be fine. Plus how brilliant would it be for us to get promoted with Rovers ex-manager while they get relegated!!! Its good to dream...
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30/12/2010 19:24:00

Plus Pals dad is claiming he knows its going to be Allardyce!!
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30/12/2010 20:18:00

Allardyce now seems to have come from nowhere and is second favourite behind McInnes?
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30/12/2010 21:44:00

Big sam was great at Bolton, But since then he has been sacked twice ?
Grimsby Claret
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30/12/2010 23:32:00

Let's hope the rumour about Big Sam stays just a rumour. Of all the possibles mentioned I still prefer Chris Hughton. He has a track records and his sacking was a joke
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30/12/2010 23:53:00

Sacked both times unfairly it has to be said GC, not that I am swinging towards him, he would have to take a big drop in wages, which I doubt he would? Stranger things have happened?
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31/12/2010 01:39:00

He was sacked unfairly, at Newcastle they had their best start for 11 years and sacked him. At Rovers I think we all agree he shouldn't have been sacked.
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31/12/2010 11:10:00

I guess it depends what you want although this looks a theoretical discussion at the moment since he seems to have shown no interest in a Championship job! My argument is that Big Sam would definitely get us up sooner rather than later, and once up I would be very,very confident he would keep us up for many a season to come. we might have to sacrifice pretty football for a few seasons but hell we could be finacially secure for yonks and be able to go into the transfer market with confidence and excitement
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