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.
— Sky Sports PL 👑 (@SkySportsPL) September 6, 2017
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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