Allardyce realistic about future

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 7:16 GMT

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has given up any hope he may have had of one day managing one of the world's biggest clubs.

Sam Allardyce: 'I won't ever be going to a top-four club'

The 58-year-old was quoted in the past as saying he was good enough to manage Real Madrid or Inter Milan.

But now he is clear on the fact he will not take over at any of Europe's elite clubs and will continue to do his best for the Hammers.

"I won't ever be going to a top-four club so I think we'll just leave it at that," he said.

"I don't ever comment on that anymore because other people will jump on the back of it and cause all sorts of columns to go here, there and everywhere.

"I can understand what I can do, I understand my ability as a manager and I just do my job to the best of my ability wherever I work."

Back in 2010, whilst managing Blackburn, Allardyce said: "I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter or Real Madrid - 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."

But the former Newcastle boss has now stepped back from those suggestions and joked about the reasons behind why he would never be given the opportunity at a side capable of playing at the highest echelons of the game.

"Because I'm not called 'Allardici', just Allardyce - that was tongue in cheek," he said.

Allardyce's side take on one such side when they meet Manchester City with some Blues players have come out in recent weeks and criticised the system being implemented by manager Roberto Mancini.

The Italian has changed formation during matches on a number of occasions, with his players claiming to be unfamiliar with the roles assigned to them.

Allardyce is not letting any suggestion of dressing room unrest take his mind off the task of facing the league champions.

"I can't be too worried about what has been happening behind the scenes at Manchester City," he said.

"I just know I've got to set the team out against the quality of their squad to try and make sure we can deal with that and on as many occasions as we can, test their back four if we get the opportunity."

The perceived unruliness of some of the City squad is not uncommon according to Allardyce, who thinks players speaking out against their manager is a problem with the modern game.

"It happens everywhere," he said.

"It'll happen here, somebody here will come into the dressing room and say 'I should be playing, I don't know why he's not picking me'.

"It happens everywhere you go, some players sometimes speak out about it when they shouldn't, they should keep it as an internal matter but that's the way it is today.

"If they don't talk about it, they'll talk to their agents and their agents will speak about it."


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