Following on from last week where he very bitterly blasted Newcastle fans, Allardyce has now directed his venom at the current England boss Fabio Capello over his squad selection for the upcoming World Cup. He feels that Capello, who has overseen a remarkable transition in the England team since the departure of the wally with the brolly, has made a huge error in leaving Paul Robinson out of the squad, and blames it on some personal vendetta that Capello must have against Robinson. It isn’t the first time Allardyce has played the victim card either, more of which I will detail later, but in the meantime our former manager had this to say:
“Fabio has always said the people in form would get selected. There is nobody better than Paul Robinson at the moment, so there must be something before that has happened to put him off him, as a person and not as a goalkeeper.”
“He has made the biggest mistake of his selection process, has Fabio. As much as I respect him for what he has done that is one big, big mistake.”
Who the hell does he think he is? Not only is he bitter about losing what could been the job of a lifetime when he got the boot from us, for which he blames the fans, he is also bitter about the England boss. I understand that he is standing up for one of his players, but to blame it on a vendetta is seeking for a sensational reason when there really isn’t one to be had.
As I said earlier, this isn’t the first time Allardyce has played the victim card. Obviously his bitter tirade last week against us very fans was soon put to the sword. His claim was that players like Scott Parker wanted to leave because of the fan pressure, when in actual fact Parker said he was considering leaving because of our former manager. He believes it was the Newcastle fans that got him the sack, they didn’t, and whilst it was partly down to bad timing in the midst of a board-room takeover, his record of results still doesn’t stand up for scrutiny and can’t be ignored.
Then there is also the two occasions where Allardyce was overlooked for the England job. I say overlooked as according to himself it should be him taking the team to South Africa this summer, and we also would have made Euro 2008, and probably won it had he been in charge!
That last bit was sarcasm, just in case it was missed, but the rest isn’t. Here is what he had to say when Steve McClaren got the England job ahead of him after the departure of Sven Goran Eriksson:
“At the time I should have got it and I really don’t know why I didn’t. It had to be political for me, rather than my credentials.”
Fast forward again, and this is what he had to say when Fabio Capello got the nod, again at the expense of Allardyce:
“They just went straight for another foreigner … it must have been something political.”
Anyone else see a pattern emerging? Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, eh? Naturally, none of this is because he just isn’t good enough so it has to be someone else’s fault. Whilst Steve McClaren went away ashamed and rebuilt his career in Holland with dignity, the man who never got the chance still carries on with his ‘I am the victim’ mentality.
Allardyce should learn from the dignity displayed by Steve McClaren and Paul Robinson, who has just got on with it. And he should learn to keep his nose out of other peoples business. Some said I was off the mark last week when I called our former manager bitter, I hope this changes their opinion a bit.