John Giles takes aim at ‘braggart’ Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce appears to have called time on his managerial career following his resignation from the Crystal Palace job. A character who wholeheartedly embraced the moniker ‘Big Sam’ is a divisive figure, with fans admiring his famed ability to steer clubs clear of relegation, but his conduct during his brief stint as England manager has tarnished his reputation.

John Giles is in no doubt about where he stands when it comes to the former West Ham and Sunderland boss.

My greatest fear is that he will now become a full-time pundit and we’ll be hearing from him every day.

The former Republic of Ireland international and manager acknowledged that, while Allardyce did “good work with Bolton” the Englisman’s persona rubbed him up the wrong way.

“I won’t miss Sam Allardyce,” Giles wrote in his column for the Herald.


“In fact, my greatest fear is that he will now become a full-time pundit and we’ll be hearing from him every day.

“He seems to think that saving Crystal Palace somehow repairs a reputation flayed by the events which surrounded his removal from the England job. It doesn’t.

“And it wasn’t as if his reputation was any great shakes before he took the England job.

“I’ve always seen him as a braggart who ruined the good work he did as a coach by talking himself up at any opportunity.”

Let’s hope, for Giles’ sake, ‘Big Sam’ doesn’t get that punditry gig!

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