Eight Big Sam quotes that will make you want him to stay on

Allardyce is a man of few words - but what wonderful words they are

I t seems that barely a day goes by without another story in the paper suggesting Sam Allardyce will leave West Ham at the end of the season. Now, The Last Word has always been a big fan of the former Bolton Wanderers boss and would like nothing more than for him to sign a new deal at Upton Park. Yes, the football might be crap, and sure, the results have been rubbish since Christmas, but what does any of that matter?

Big Sam is clearly one of the top ten managers in the world, and has the contract to prove it. So to help our Gaffer seal his extension we’ve dipped in to the Blowing Bubbles archives to find his top eight quotes that prove why he is just the man to take West Ham into the Olympic Stadium…

His ambition: ‘I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Internazionale or Real Madrid. It wouldn’t be a problem for me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time.’

His modesty: ‘It rankles with me at times that I have to remind people what I have done. You have to accept it for what it is. If you start talking about it too much, you just get labelled big-headed, people go ‘He’s blowing his own trumpet again, what’s he on about this time?’ but if no one else is going to talk about it, you have to talk about it. You have to fight your own corner.’

His positivity: ‘We are going to need a double-decker in front of our goal rather than the team coach!’

His realism: ‘I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce.’

His tactical strength: ‘All this tippy-tappy stuff being the right way to play football is a load of bollocks.’

His sportsmanship: ‘I don’t give a sh*te to be honest. He can’t take it because we’ve out-tacticed him, out-witted him. He just can’t cope.’

His sophistication: ‘I don’t think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more, that’s not trying to criticise any of the other coaches. But there is only Arsene Wenger who has done it longer than me. I’m just as good as everybody at this stage.’

His vocabulary: ‘Chico Flores is over-exaggerating’

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