Where’s Sam Allardyce Going in 2019?

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Before the Premier League kicked off this season Manchester City and Liverpool were going head to head for the title and Cardiff, Huddersfield, and Fulham were destined to spend  the season propping up the table.

At the top, it’s a no brainer as City and Liverpool have all the best players! Plus Pep and Jürgen seem to know which buttons to push to get the best out of them.


As for the battle to beat the drop, the script is that the three teams mentioned should be relegated before Easter! But the thing is basement battles don’t always follow the script and from 10th place down, that’s Watford sitting there with 24 points, any one of those teams could get dragged into the mix. So the big question is… Which club will engage the Premier Leagues ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ to save them from oblivion?


It’s about this time of year that ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce dusts off his ‘one-liners’ and prepares himself for a few million quid to save a Premier League team from the drop. The fans, just like at Everton last season and West Ham ‘not playing the West Ham way,’ won’t like it but sometimes these things have to be done. Sometimes in life ‘ugly’ is necessary to move forward.


Could the headlines read that Big Sam leads Manchester United to Champions League glory? Well according to a few experts United have been ugly this season and Jose might have been preparing for Big Sam to take over. On Sky Bet, he’s 80/1.


Manager Javi Garcia age 48 from Spain. Two wins in October, at home to Huddersfield and a good way win at Wolves, could have pushed Watford too high up the table. They only managed a controversial 1-1 draw with Southampton in November at St. Mary’s. Not really a Big Sam fit. But who is! 


Manager Eddie Howe age 41 from England. Howe can do no wrong. He’s English and the next big thing. His name’s been linked with top 4 teams in the future and even England. But in saying that his team’s lost 6 of their last 7 games with the only win against Huddersfield. Bournemouth sacking Howe does seem like a very long shot.


Manager Claude Puel age 57 from France. If Leicester starts to drop the panic button might be pressed at the King Power Stadium especially as half of their defence might be in Manchester very soon. Harry McGuire to United and Ben Chilwell to City. Off the pitch, it’s been bad for Leicester this season and it would be a shame if they ended it with relegation. Big Sam in at Leicester? It could happen!

    BRIGHTON 13th – 21 POINTS

Manager Chris Houghton age 60 from England. Safe! One of the most respected managers in the game and performing very well for Brighton. No chance of Big Sam sitting on Brighton beach.


Manager Rafael Benítez age 58 from Spain. Three big wins in November pushed Rafa up the table but it appears to be a shaky relationship with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. Despite that Newcastle seem to be more than a match for the teams around them in basement land. Big Sam in at Newcastle? Not under the current regime!


Manager Roy Hodgson age 71 from England. Can you imagine being a fly on a wall with Roy and Claude having a chat? Well, Roy did the business last season and he’s in the thick of the battle again this season. If Saha stays fit, and at Palace, Roy could enjoy success again this season with another great escape. Big Sam in at Palace? He’s done it there already so maybe not.


Manager Neil Warnock age 70 from England. When you throw your Scottish international full back up front, and it works, then it means Warnock must be getting something right and Cardiff’s home form, 4 wins in the last 5, looks good. Can they go the distance and defy all the odds stacked against them? Time will tell. Big Sam in at Cardiff? Warnock’s done well and being sacked seems unlikely.


Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl age 51 from Austria. In his first fixture at St. Mary’s he showed more emotion in the technical area, during Saints first home win in 8 months against Arsenal, than Mark Hughes had during his entire stay at the club. But Hughes didn’t have a lot to cheer about. Hasenhüttl, a kind of Klopp mark 2 prowling the technical area, has his work to cut out but if Danny Ings stays fit Saints could do it. Big Sam in at Southampton? The new man has only been in place a couple of weeks and he’s made friends with his new fans by buying them a beer and giving them a much-needed home win.


Manager Sean Dyche age 47 from England. Burnley appears to be playing with a big Europa league hangover which puts a question mark over last season’s great effort to make Europe. Burnley is a team not expected to score that many goals, which they got away with last season, but this season they are conceding far too many. Big Sam in at Burnley? Dyche has done remarkably well at Burnley and the chances of him being sacked seem remote.


Manager David Wagner age 47 from Germany. Last season Huddersfield miraculously avoided the drop and to expect lightning to hit in the same place twice might be expecting too much. Scoring goals remains a big problem and how they must wish to have someone like Frank Worthington leading the front line again. Despite that, the four games they’ve just lost have all been by the odd goal which includes 1-0 away to free-scoring Arsenal. Big Sam in at Huddersfield? Wagner has performed miracles at Huddersfield so the chances of him being sacked are not great.


Manager Claudio Ranieri age 67 from Italy. Fulham seems to have got it wrong by changing a lot of the team that got them promoted and then not putting Big Sam in the hot seat when they sacked Slaviša Jokanović. It will be tough for the former ‘Tinker Man’ to turn things around but he’s a Premier League winner so we shall see. Big Sam in at Fulham? Well, Ranieri will have to have a disastrous holiday season and then see if the owner gets twitchy again.


With a lot of games over the festive season, there could be some changes in the table if any of the bottom clubs get on a roll. As for Big Sam Leicester does seem that it could be the next club for him as the others all appear settled in one way or another. Unless Fulham, continue with their form, which might make it too late for a Big Sam special mission anyway. 

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