Sam Allardyce has had his critics at West Ham but yesterdays win over Blackpool shows how good a manager he is.
Last year he was mentioned as a possible England manager but what makes Allaryce stand out is that he has never forgotten his roots and the ex-Preston and Bolton player has proved that he adapts the way his team's play based on the squad. It is that straight talking and the misconception that he is "long ball" manager that has incorrectly labelled the gentleman of football. Yes Bolton did use the long ball but tell me a defence that could handle Kevin Davies?
Management was a natural progression for "Big Sam", with spells at Preston North End, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers.
Ironically as West Ham will have a place at the top table, Blackburn Rovers will be playing in the Championship next season. Love or hate Allardyce's style of play he built a team at Blackburn Rovers that was capable of retaining Premier League status. Steve Keen does not become the master overnight and while the owners Venky's have been badly advised as results are the measurement of success. The biggest mistake they made was to let Allardyce go. You do not try to fix something that was not broken as Chelsea found last night in winning the Champions League.