Typically honest Allardyce explains what he thinks of Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley at Tup Tup Palace

The Sunderland boss has been discussing his Newcastle United owner, his former employer.

Sam Allardyce was typically honest when asked about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley on Friday afternoon, according to the Chronicle.

And the Sunderland boss didn't actually have anything negative to say about the boss who fired him at St James' Park several years ago.

Indeed, Big Sam says he had no quarrels with anyone at Newcastle when he was dismissed and even defended the owner from criticism.

The Sunderland boss is quoted as telling reporters: "Managing Newcastle was an experience I wanted to last a long time. It didn’t, but I have no quarrels with anybody - certainly not Mike.

"He made a decision and got on with it. He sorted me out, I left, and I wished him all the best for the future.

"Whatever anybody says, he’s still the owner of the football club and he’s trying to win as many matches as Steve [McClaren, the Newcastle manager] is trying to win, I believe."

It sounds as though Allardyce has a better opinion of Ashley, the man who dismissed him at Newcastle after just a few months, than his employers at West Ham United.

Big Sam's delusional view of how things ended at West Ham continues to cloud his judgement - his interviews and autobiography have been full of references to the Hammers in recent months.

But that's not for Sunderland fans to worry about. And all Newcastle fans will be concerned with is whether their former manager will continue the Black Cats' successful recent record in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Ashley, though, will probably want to beat Allardyce more than most deep down.

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