God the guy is an arrogant son of a northern lass. Talking to the Telegraph, Doctor Evil doesn't hold back when boasting about his own brilliance and offers no hope to the purists in the West Ham ranks when he insists that to be successful, you have to destroy before you create. The Darth Vader of the Football Academy explained:
“We were known as one of the teams for the purists,” Allardyce explains. “Then, with about seven games to go, Ian told us to forget about the football that we had tried for two years. He told us to get the ball in the channels and squeeze it up there."
“It’s a lesson you have to learn. Great teams always know how to play any way. Manchester United and Chelsea never play the same way and Arsenal probably do - that’s probably why they have won nothing for six years.
“You get caught up in the perception of how these teams play. They are the best destructive teams as well as the most creative. That’s why they win all the time, as they destroy then outplay you.”
So there you have it! The game plan in claret and blue print! Of course, what Sam doesn't say is that Chelsea and Man Utd have the flair players to play "another way". Sure they grind out some results, but 80% of the time, they thrill their fans. That hasn't been the case with Allardyce teams has it? Look at how much more adventurous Blackburn became after his departure.
I'm not moaning here. If Doctor Evil gets us out of the Championship as he promises, then he can do it how ever he likes - especially if we go up as Champions. But if his confidence is misplaced, I can see trouble ahead. Come November, if we are in eighth or ninth and playing Doctor Evil football, the fans will be desperate for an Austin Powers style saviour. Terry Venables is still wearing shirts he bought in the sixties isn't he?
(PS The blog may be quiet for a few days as I am away. Apologies for the pause in drivel!)