Sam Allardyce next club tips: Five destinations for ex-England boss
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | September 28, 2016
Sam Allardyce next club tips
If his England exit has a certain sting, then Sam Allardyce is already being linked with a number of football teams to make a swift return to management.
Although reportedly taking a holiday to reflect upon the ignominious of his Three Lions exit after just one game in charge, you can bet your bottom dollar that Big Sam is in-demand given his superb record in coaching.
Bearing this all in mind, Coral football experts have got their heads together and here give Allardyce next club tips for you to mull over:
Rams boss Nigel Pearson has been suspended from his job, leaving his future in major doubt. Assistant Chris Powell took charge of the first-team for their 2-0 midweek win over Cardiff City, but the Pride Park outfit’s ambitious owners will surely seek a high-profile replacement.
That leaves next Derby County manager odds of 14/1 for Big Sam look very tempting indeed. A Midlands native, he’s only played and coached in his neck of the woods briefly.
Allardyce spent a season with Coventry City in 1983/84 and later managed Notts County between 1997 and 1999. Could he succeed in getting County promoted where the likes of Steve McClaren, Paul Clement and Pearson have all failed?
The Tigers are still in the caretaker charge of Mike Phelan following Steve Bruce’s summer resignation, and it may be to the interim coach’s peril if he doesn’t sign the permanent contract on offer.
With Hull’s takeover yet to be completed, there are reasons for Big Sam to be wary of an approach from them, but the Humberside outfit are 16/1 chances to be the next club of Allardyce.
Like former side Sunderland with regard to their Premier League status, though, would perpetual relegation battles appeal to him at this stage of his career?
Mark Hughes is under real pressure in the Potteries as he’s yet to win a Premier League game this term. Only the Black Cats are below Stoke in the table and their impressive summer of recruitment hasn’t yielded the results in should on paper.
While Peter Coates has an excellent reputation as a chairman that sticks by his managers, Allardyce’s availability may seem like an attractive alternative to Hughes.
Some sections of the Potters support might feel it’s a step backwards to the Tony Pulis era, given how Big Sam has a similar reputation when it comes to playing style, but he’s a 16/1 shot to make Stoke his next club.
Francesco Guidolin is reportedly on the brink of losing his job at the Liberty Stadium, with Manchester United and Wales legend Ryan Giggs as well as former USA national boss Bob Bradley linked to the Swans.
Could Big Sam surface between these names and take up the reins instead? Swansea’s main striker Fernando Llorente is right out of the Allardyce target man playbook.
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has made ruthless decisions in the past, most notably when axing club stalwart Garry Monk as head coach. A bet on Big Sam’s next club being Swansea yields an 8/1 price.
West Ham United
They say never go back, nor has Allardyce in his career, but the Hammers cannot seem to perform in their new home. Presently sandwiched between Swansea and Stoke in the bottom four, should this Olympic Stadium slump under Slaven Bilic continue then their Premier League status is under threat.
West Ham bigwigs David Gold, David Sullivan and Karen Brady are too astute to let a business investment fall flat like that. Many commentators felt Big Sam was hard done by when his contract wasn’t renewed by them, but a return cannot entirely be ruled out.
A tasty 10/1 is on offer for Allardyce’s next club to be the Hammers, where plenty of names still remain from his four-year stint (2011-15) at the helm.
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