Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Harry Redknapp slams Sam Allardyce’s sacking

Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp feels Blackburn could be “bang in trouble” after sacking Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce was dismissed less than a month after new Indian owners Venky's completed their takeover, with the club lying 13th in the Barclays Premier League.

Redknapp was stunned by the decision and believes Allardyce will be a tough act to follow.

“He's top class at his job, I really mean that,” Redknapp said.

“People who don't know him see this big northern ex-centre-half who they think is a big hammer thrower, well he's the brightest guy you could ever wish to meet.

“He is so far in advance in all the sports science and technology and preparing his teams, he is just amazing. I know him well and he has so much to offer. He will bounce back

“When new owners come in they've all got mates or have heard of someone who is good — they haven't got a clue really.

“I see Maradona's name has been mentioned. If they make the wrong decision I can see Blackburn being bang in trouble this year. He (Allardyce) is going to be a very difficult act to follow.”

Venky's ideally want a British manager to replace Allardyce — not to mention a future top-five finish at least in the Barclays Premier League.

Anuradha Desai, chairwoman of the Venky Group, explained: “We want good football and Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better.

“The fans should trust us because this is in the best interests of the club. Our thinking now is that it will be a British manager.

“But we are open if there is an outstanding candidate, someone who would be really, really good for the club.”

Desai revealed the decision to dismiss Allardyce was taken before the 2-1 defeat by Bolton on Sunday.

She said: “It has been a long time in our minds. It is nothing against Sam but we have a different vision looking forward and we want the club to grow.”

Desai insists they are happy to leave the team in the hands of Kean for the next couple of months through the transfer window, but former Blackburn boss Tony Parkes the Scottish coach has a big job trying to win over the players following Allardyce's exit.

“It is a tricky role. When I took over you had to make sure you got the players together and everybody started with a clean slate,” Parkes said.

“If you win them over you have got every chance of getting good results early. If you lose games quickly there might be a panic job, maybe getting a new manager in within days and all of a sudden he may not be the right one that you want.”

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