VIDEO: Big Sam Discusses What’s Going Wrong At Crystal Palace

1 Posted by - September 7, 2017 - News, Video

Fresh from an extended break following the conclusion of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Sam Allardyce is back in the UK and has been speaking to Sky Sports about the predicament Crystal Palace find themselves in after three games under the guidance of new Dutch boss Frank de Boer.

Having assured chairman Steve Parish of his plans to retire from the game completely following last season’s heroics at Selhurst Park, I’m reluctant to see Big Sam’s appearance on Sky as anything more than a well known face agreeing to discuss the footballing landscape for a bit of pocket money, even though some are suggesting that the former England gaffer is setting himself up to take another job.

Whilst that debate is one which could run and run depending on how much faith you have in Sam’s word, his comments regarding Palace’s recent struggles in the video attached above, hit home to me as soon as they left his mouth. In an era when the world and his wife seem to be preoccupied with playing flowing football out from the back, Sam’s mantra is and always has been to focus on the nuts and bolts of the game before tinkering with the aesthetically pleasing elements of a tactical set-up.

To many on the outside looking in, his views may seem archaic but as someone who was sceptical about him prior to his stint in SE25, I’m now a fully paid up member of the Big Sam Appreciation Society, with everything he has to say about defensive organisation and coaching in the aforementioned clip making total sense.

Having watched him ride off into the sunset back in May I know that there’s no chance of him taking up the reins once again but after a pointless and goalless start to the current campaign, I’m hoping some of what he’s got to say on our struggles rubs off on the players and coaching staff.


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  • tzcar September 7, 2017 - 7:32 am Reply

    sam as alway,s is right. our defence is pathetic.kelly,weak and rash,tomkins,injured all the time.ward at best an average championship fullback.then what of midfield.afraid im not a puncheon fan,does so little,never proper midfield control.we alway,s relying on wilf and benteke to get us out of trouble.i hope fdb can teach these player,s a way to be successfull.for me it,s not totally fdb,s fault.

  • Richard C September 7, 2017 - 8:00 am Reply

    A back four of Fosu-Mensah, Dann (or Tomkins), Sakho, Schlupp (or Reidewald/PVA) with Milivojevic sat in front of them is a good solid defensive structure to work with. Cabaye and Loftus Cheek fill the other 2 midfield spots and normal 3 up front. Sam would have made this team work, no doubt. Time for FDB to do the same please.

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 8:47 am Reply

      It seems so obvious to the majority of fans, Richard.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 7, 2017 - 8:47 am Reply

    I thought there was a penalty clause regarding the survival bonus if Sam took another job? Following Pulis i hope we are once bitten twice shy.

    In terms of the formation/style/transfer debacle that has happened over the summer i think blame lies with both FDB and the Board. FDB was foolish to try and change things so quickly and play people out of position. The Board were foolish to appoint him with the hope of implementing the style then not allowing him to get players in.

    Hopefully lessons will be learned and a better scouting, recruitment and negotiation system and team is implemented. NO MORE LAST MINUTE DEALS, PARISH ISN’T LEVY!

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 8:49 am Reply

      Imagine the joy of getting all our business done with a week to spare…


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