Thursday, 24 November 2011
Chelsea lining up Allardyce to replace Villas-Boas
"Everything points to Sam," said a source close to the Russian. "He got the best out of Anelka when they were together at Bolton and his record at West Ham stands comparison with the very best."
He continued, "Mr Abramovich has watched West Ham on TV a couple of times and has been hugely impressed by how poor they have looked whilst still collecting the points. What Allardyce is proving is that you don't need great players to win games, you just need a system. If he can win games with the rubbish available to him at West Ham, just imagine what he could do with the players at Chelsea."
He added: "Allardyce may not be the fans' first choice but Redknapp was not a popular appointment at Tottenham and look what a great job he is doing. The same holds for Allardyce at West Ham. He has come in, torn up the rule book at the club, moved out their most popular player, bulldozed the Academy, sold down the river every value the club has ever held dear and yet is adored on the terraces because he has got West Ham winning. That's just what Chelsea needs."
Allardyce is known to have a release clause in his West Ham contract should England or one of the Big Four approach him. Whether or not he would condescend to manage Chelsea is, at this stage unclear, however. This is, after all, the man who claimed he should be managing Real Madrid, so Chelsea may not be a sexy enough proposition.
As West Ham blogger Lee Vitout explained, "Why would Sam trade what he has at West Ham for Chelsea? Why exchange a winning club for a team of losers?"
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:04