We’ve tried to stay away from the verbal battle between Big Sam and Rafa Benitez over Allardyce’s comments in Zoo Magazine earlier this week, which were not complimentary to Rafa.
Sam has a column in the magazine so we suppose he has to think of something to say for each issue. We wish he wouldn’t say some of the things he does â€“ which seem to have nothing to do with him – but we’re going to take a look today at what Sam did say.
Sam Allardyce – some of his comments are not very helpful
Newcastle’s Sam Allardyce criticized Rafael Benitez’ tenure at Anfield, suggesting the Spaniard would have been very lucky to be in a job if he had not reached two Champions League finals. Sam thinks Benitez puts too much emphasis on European competition instead of making the Premier League title his top priority.
Allardyce, speaking to Zoo magazine, said:
‘Rafa would be very lucky to be in a job if he hadn’t got to two Champions League finals, because they have had some very, very poor finishes in the Premier League.”
‘While they are a very good Champions League team, they are not a Premier League-winning team yet. They don’t have that mentality to win that yet.”‘Being a foreigner, Rafa doesn’t understand it’s supposed to be Premier League first and Champions League second.’
Not sure why Sam gets involved in this since you cannot really criticize Rafa’s record, which has been very good at Liverpool. Rafa has also said he wants to win the Premiership this season â€“ and they have started very well.
And what do you think Benitez does with all of this? Yes, of course, he is asked about the comments and he blasts back saying Sam should mind his own business. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Rafa said yesterday:
“Firstly, I think he (Allardyce) should be more worried about his own business because he must have more problems than to waste time talking about other managers.â€
“Secondly, has he forgotten Liverpool winning the Super Cup, FA Cup and Champions League as well as reaching another Champions League final, a Carling Cup final and twice finishing third in the Premier League?â€
“Maybe he doesn’t have a great memory.”
Sam must have known this would go nowhere, and we just don’t know why Sam gets himself involved with things that really have nothing to do with him. But that’s Sam â€“ and we still love the guyÂ Â Â 😀