Allardyce: Mourinho threw the league away

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce feels that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho - rather than the players - cost the club the Premier League title this season.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has had to take some heavy flak over the last few weeks, and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has joined the chorus of those taking a pop.

The Hammers’ boss was highly amused after Jose Mourinho blasted his side’s style as so-called ‘19th century football’ following a battling 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in January.

Ironically, those very comments have come back to haunt the self-proclaimed Special One, as Chelsea’s recent performances against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool made West Ham's display against Chelsea appear positively Real Madrid-like.

It has been a funny season for Chelsea, as excellent results against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have been balanced-out by dropped points against the Premier League’s struggling sides - Chelsea have simply failed to break teams down, and recent losses to Crystal Palace and Sunderland has seen the title slip from their grasp.

Following the Blues’ disappointing 0-0 draw - their eighth blank of the season - in their final 2013/14 game in-front of their own supporters against Norwich at Stamford Bridge Sunday, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has said that he feels Chelsea should have won the Premier League this year, and that it is Mourinho who is to blame for Chelsea throwing the league title away.

Allardyce has felt the ire of this own West Ham supporters on occasion this season, but with a limited budget and Premier League survival the ultimate goal, he has managed to do his job effectively.

Mourinho (and his big budget), on the other hand, will end the season having achieved nothing in terms of silverware - and possibly with one less trophy than arch-rival Arsene Wenger (Arsenal are firm favourites, of course, to life the FA Cup).

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