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Big Sam or Big Mac?

Media reports this week suggeseted Big Sam Allardyce was not interested in taking on a new manager's role in the Championship preferring instead to see what opportunities come along in the Premier League.

Despite these strong hints, we continue to be linked to the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers boss with rumours circulating still that he is our number one target.

His friend, Steve Bruce on 'Match of the Day' last night in the post-match interview following Sunderland's 3-0 thumping of Blackburn let drop that Sam Allardyce was somewhere in Dubai so if Big Sam is interested in the Burnley job he must be watching developments from afar!

'It depends for me on the job that is offered,' Allardyce told the Sportsweek programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. 'I can only wait and see who makes me an offer. If they have the same ambition to me then I will take up that position.'

Allardyce claimed he had not been in contact with the Championship side Burnley despite being linked with the post following the sacking of Brian Laws. 'There has been a little bit of speculation, which I am flattered by, that Burnley are interested in me,' he said.

So at least in that interview recently,he doesn't seem to have totally ruled out a drop down into the Championship.

The Daily Mirror yesterday in an article written by Alan Nixon (who else?)continued the Big Sam theme saying that Allardyce had been putting feelers out for the post at Turf Moor but had yet to answer Burnley who wanted a quick deal.

The Mirror then went on to suggest we had a contingency plan and that the Clarets were poised to approach Watford gaffer, Malky MacKay in the next few days.

The Scot is highly rated and could be seen at the next Owen Coyle according to the Mirror.

It is thought that MacKay could be tempted by a move to Turf Moor. We have a bigger squad and more financial clout than the Hornets. Watford could also soon be taken over with Mackay's job on the line.

During his playing career, the Scotland international centre back was on the books of Queens Park, Celtic, Norwich City, West Ham and of course, Watford.

MacKay has risen through the ranks as a coach at Watford.He took over as caretaker manager in November 2008 following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd but his spell in charge lasted just 5 games after former Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers was appointed on a long term basis by then Watford chairman Graham Simpson. After Brendan Rodgers resigned in June 2009, Mackay took over as the manager

He has since taken the cash-strapped club into the play-off spots and is generally recognised as getting his team to play attractive football. Watford are currently in 6th spot,one point ahead of the Clarets. Could he be tempted then to move to a club doing equally as well but one with a greater chance of providing a bigger budget for new players?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 2 2011

Time: 12:43PM

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Would still love Big Sam to be our next manager! It would once for all convince all fans we truly had ambition! Not quite sure about MacKay, if we are talking up-and-coming,maybe McInnes or Howe would be a better prospect.
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02/01/2011 12:47:00

big sam rumours still not going away, is there now some real smoke here?
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02/01/2011 13:15:00

I'd take anyone of them managers you have mentioned tmp.
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02/01/2011 13:15:00

IF we believe we are Premiership stuff the we simply have to stop looking at things like we have done historically, we have to believe we are Pemiership and nor championship we need to build for a future in the prem AND THAT MEANS A MANAGER WITH EXPERIENCE not a rookie, i know that will have some readers pointing to OC stating his lack of prem experience but i just feal a big sam, file brown or chris houghton have to be the bar not the younger developing manager WE GOTTA THINK BIGGER
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02/01/2011 13:25:00

AND I GOTTA GET RID OF MY HANGOVER FROM NEW YEA!R sorry about the typos in the last post lol
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02/01/2011 13:27:00

Not exactly clear headed myself after a boozy festive season, HC. Tend to agree with your sentiments though. I think we should really go for experience and proven track record this time and as you say think and believe we are a Premier League club and match the ambition with that concept. Go the extra mile to pay for the best!
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02/01/2011 13:42:00

In Iwelumo's interview on the club website, they sneak in a bit of info saying that contrary to media speculation Burnley have not made any enquires about managers currently in employment. Interesting??!! Does that mean were biding our time or Big Sam and Phil Brown and those out of jobs are favourite?
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02/01/2011 14:31:00

I have a foggy memory of New Years Eve and having a very heated debate about who our next manager should be/ could be. I am told that I won the debate by a country mile. The thing is I only have a slight recollection of this and can't remember who I was debating about but whoever it was I I put in a very good pitch and sold everyone to the idea. I can't now ask who I was debating as my arguement would lose all credibility.
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02/01/2011 15:27:00

Happy New Year All. Just a thought, If we are a club with ambition then why are we not looking at things on a bigger scale ??? Who's say's our new manager is going to get us promoted ??? So why dont we approach Martin O Neill, taking the job until end of season and lets see where we are. He can motivate people like no other, get them playing proper football. Would he come to the Turf ?? ... Well you dont know until you ask. I watched Malky MAckie's teams recently, play excellent football but there's something missing, Big Sam .... No Thanks, Tango Man ... go back to Hull, Derek Mcinnes ... not enough expierience. Take a gamble, put the money where the boards mouth is and lets see some PROPER ambition. Martin O Neill for me ( Short Term Appointment )
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02/01/2011 16:05:00

Hollins, when you say we've got to think bigger, do you mean bigger than Big Sam!!!? Continuing in my jovial mood, having read the headline to this thread about Big Macs, it occurred to me that if a rumour started that we had approached Barry Fry, then turfman could do a headline along the lines of Big Fry Up in Burnley!!! On a serious note, if we did go for Big Sam and then it didn't work out, might it all get a but ugly?
Couch Potato
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02/01/2011 17:13:00

The serious gripe i have with Big Sam is his style of play route one will never be accepted at the Turf. Does he have the technical nouse to play football?? I doubt it.
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02/01/2011 18:18:00

Are we getting closer to getting Big Sam? Mirror (2/1) now saying-' Sam Allardyce is ready to talk to Burnley about a ­managerial comeback this week – just a fortnight after being axed by neighbours Blackburn Rovers. Allardyce will break into a sunshine break in Dubai to head for talks with the Clarets who have reacted to his interest in the post – as revealed by Mirror Sport last week. The respected boss is interested in the Burnley challenge and could take the post if he likes what he hears about their plans, and with close friends in the game urging him to return. Allardyce had initially looked to take a break, while waiting for offers either abroad or from a Premier League club in crisis. But Burnley are now emerging as a potentially top option for him, especially with potential vacancies at West Ham and Aston Villa fading away.'
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03/01/2011 08:24:00

Hi there lilpiggy.Happy New Year. Where you been hiding? ;-) Yeah I wondered about MON too,strangely quiet he has been! Get him that truly would be a statement of ambition but you just can't see it. If we had by now a state-of-the-art training facility at Gawthorpe (although it is happening) and the ground improvements sorted out, we might be able to attract the calibre of managers like MON to this club. Pipe-dream though at moment
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03/01/2011 09:39:00

Big Mac is 6ft 2 tall by the way compared to Big Sam 6ft 2 wide!! Ill get my coat
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03/01/2011 09:42:00

Came across this interesting thread on a Rovers forum. It would appear that a poster called Nicko is actualy Alan Nixon from the Mirror. He seems pretty confident Big Sam is interested in the Burnley job: http://www.brfcs.co.uk/mb/index.php/topic/23955-big-sam-for-burnle
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03/01/2011 11:56:00

Sky Sports now (3/1) on Malky Mackay-Watford boss Malky Mackay insists it would be disrespectful to discuss the possibility of taking over as Burnley manager. The 38-year-old has been strongly linked with the Clarets post since the recent sacking of Brian Laws, with reports suggesting Burnley are set to make an official approach for the manager next week. However, Mackay has refused to remark on whether he would be interested in the Turf Moor role. "I don't think it is respectful for me to comment on other jobs," Mackay told the Watford Observer. "I am the manager of this club right now." Mackay, who has been at the helm of Watford since 2009, confirmed the Hornets have yet to receive any approaches for him.
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