Sam Allardyce's career in quotes


During his managerial career Sam Allardyce has always been pretty good for a quote - or a dance routine - and as we prepare ourselves for the imminent announcement of him as the new England boss, we thought we'd go back and have a look at some of his best sound-bites.

So let's remember the time...

When he claimed he'd win the double if he managed Real Madrid or Manchester United

Sam Allardyce
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

"I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid. It wouldn't be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time.

"Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn't be a problem. It's not where I'm suited to, it's just where I've been for most of the time. It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it."

When he claimed his last name was a glass ceiling to his managerial ambitions

Sam Allardyce
(Mike Egerton/PA)

"I won't ever be going to a top-four club because I'm not called Allardici, just Allardyce," he said. "That was tongue in cheek. I understand what I can do, I understand my ability as a manager and I just do my job to the best of my ability wherever I work."

When he said he was as good as every other manager

Sam Allardyce
(Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport)

"I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more, that's not trying to criticise any other coaches," he said. "But there is only Arsene Wenger who has done it longer than me. I'm just as good as everybody at this stage."

When he laughed at Jose Mourinho's tactics

Sam Allardyce
(Jon Super/AP/PA)

"He can't take it, can he? He can't take it because we've out-tactic-ed him, out-witted him. He just can't cope," he said after West Ham held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in 2014. "He can tell me all he wants. I don't give a s***e, to be honest. I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate the officials, and Jose jumping up and down in his technical area. It's great to see."