It’s happened all through the summer, ever since Sam resigned from his Bolton position a few games before the end of the season.
His former Chairman Phil Gartside, who used to sit next to Sam during the Bolton games, has continually criticized Allardyce and has tried to re-write history at Bolton by saying Sam didn’t do all that much at the club.
He’s got to be kidding.
Phil Gartside and Sam Allardyce
This is what Sam said over the weekend after he heard Gartside had again taken a swipe at him prior to the Newcastle game, by saying it was good to get away from the boring game Sam played:
â€œHe (Gartside) has being saying an awful lot about Sam Allardyce, but Sam Allardyce has moved on,â€
â€œI left this football club in a very, very healthy state â€“ the best it has ever been.
â€œHe believes Iâ€™ve done certain things that I havenâ€™t. Heâ€™s obsessed by it and he should know better. Life moves on.â€
â€œI brought him great success, so I donâ€™t know how he can make those comments.”
â€œFor me, actions spoke louder than words today â€“ weâ€™ve played them off the park and won the game and that says everything to me.â€
Well that was some boring football in the first 45 minutes at the Reebok on Saturday wasn’t it? as Newcastle tore Bolton apart. If Gartside was worried about what would happen to the Bolton team once Allardyce left, he got an uncomfortable glimpse during the first half on Saturday. Newcastle completely outplayed Bolton in every department. It was a no-contest and if it had been a boxing match it would have been stopped.
To Bolton’s credit they came back well in the second half and tried to make a match of it â€“ but the game had already been won. We think Phil’s stress is twofold, one is that Sam chose to leave the club and has left a vacuum there, and two â€“ he wonders if they can now survive, without the giant personality of Big Sam around.
We’re sure the Bolton fans will not agree with that â€“ but it’s got to be a worry especially after how they played on Saturday – and that was at home.
If Gartside rubbishes a manager like Sam Allardyce, who did a great job for the club â€“ what would he say about someone who was unsuccessful? Gartside would best be advised to keep quiet – because he comes across as being very immature – and it does nothing for him or Bolton Wanderers â€“ a club who have a great history.