With the West Ham manager back in the spotlight after dubbing Louis van Gaal’s United side a “long-ball” team we look at five other Allardyce classics.
Though his tactics have been labelled as negative and 19th century in the past, when it comes to matters off the pitch, there is rarely a dull moment with Sam Allardyce.
And the West Ham United gaffer has been in his element this week after seemingly goading Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal into a debate on long-ball tactics following their 1-1 draw last weekend.
But Big Sam may have outdone even his very best after labelling himself as the "most sophisticated manager in England" during a press conference this week.
"They may well have gained more experience by managing abroad like Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and people like that but, in this country, with the experience they've got, I don't think there is any coach that would be in that position as more sophisticated,” he told the waiting and most likely surprised press.
It’s not the first time Allardyce has sparked bemusement in the Premier League though as these five very fine examples attest.
Featuring the likes of Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Swansea, here is our rundown of Big Sam’s best ever quotes.
5. “It was beyond the pale."
The Merseysiders stroll to a 4-0 victory over Rovers, though Big Sam – channelling Sir Alex Ferguson at his very best – decides to take the heat off his team by claiming his Spanish opposite number showed disrespect, claiming he motioned with his arm that the game was over at 2-0.
"I was hugely disappointed by those gestures. I think they were disrespectful and quite humiliating. Having looked at them again this week, I think I'm right and everybody will see why I'm complaining," he said.
Take a look at the offending incident here and skip to the 0:50 second mark in this video to see Big Sam’s response in full:
4. “Chico Flores is over-exaggerating”
Though he was a popular fixture at the Liberty Stadium during his two-year stay in Wales, Swansea stopper Chico Flores was most definitely persona non grata when it came to Big Sam, following an incident in which ponytailed wonder Andy Carroll was sent off after barely even colliding with the Spaniard.
The animosity between the pair stemmed from the reverse fixture earlier that season, when Chico went to ground again following minimal contact from Carlton Cole.
In that instance Allardyce was on hand to laugh mockingly at the Spaniard’s theatrics but it was different the second time round with Carroll duly dismissed and Big Sam left seething.
"...He [Howard Webb] can't be absolutely certain of what's happened, except that Chico Flores is over-exaggerating, which is generally the norm for him unfortunately," he explained to BT Sport.
"To clutch his face and roll around, I think that's had a big influence on Howard's decision..."
Here’s Allardyce’s views on the defender in full here:
3. “I don’t give a s**** to be honest”
Big Sam was in his element when Chelsea played his beloved Hammers last season, with the West Ham manager adopting a tactical approach to the game that had the Special One spitting feathers amid claims that the Iron gaffer was playing 19th century football.
Allardyce, of course, could do little to hide his glee at these comments and the general frustration of the Portuguese boss, even going as far as to inform the Blues manager that he did not care for his comments, in his own, special, Allardyce kind of way.
“I don't give a s****, to be honest. I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down in his technical area. It's great to see,” he told reporters.
Check out the video of his response in full here – warning: this video contains explicit language and extreme close-ups of Sam Allardyce's face!
2. "Real Madrid not Blackburn"
Allardyce has never been afraid of blowing his own trumpet but - if you can get that rather odd mental image out of your head - it’s important to remember one of the times his boastful words came back to bite him in his proverbial back-side.
Back when he was manager of Blackburn in the days before chicken processing giants Venkys decided to replace him with YouTube favourite Steve Kean, Allardyce went as far as tipping himself for bigger and better things.
"I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Internazionale or Real Madrid," Allardyce explained. "It wouldn't be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the Double or the league every time.”
He also claimed that he would enjoy similar success at Manchester United or Chelsea if given the opportunity but with the comments leaving many confused, Big Sam opted to dismiss the claims as part of “a joke” that no one seemed to find funny or even understand. Ha ha...?
1. "All this tippy-tappy stuff"
The world of football has been going gaga for Pep Guardiola and his brand of football for some time but one man who appears to be most definitely NOT a fan of the Spaniard and his tiki-taka ways is Sam Allardyce, who opted to express said sentiment following a 3-0 victory over Hull.
We imagine Pep can be a pretty tough nut on his day but we are not sure about how he would cope against Big Sam or whether the true proponent of his football philosophy, Lionel Messi, would be able to shine against West Ham – with the game played on a cold, windy night in Stoke obviously.
Nevertheless, the Hammers boss had his say in true Big Sam fashion: