While it will always be hard to know just how much Sam knew about his dismissal, on the surface it certainly looks like it took him by surprise.
Sam Allardyce – had to be surprised by dismissal
The 53-year-old met the Press this afternoon at the training ground to talk about Saturdayâ€™s upcoming league fixture at Manchester United. He talked long about what he wanted to do at Old Trafford and then answered questions relating to his plans for the January transfer window.
But we cannot believe that Sam knew then of the drama that was to come. We think he got to know the news only after the press conference.
There was no hint of the drama to come, with Allardyce talking at length about the game, and his plans for this month’s transfer window. This has to come as a big shock to Sam because only last weekend he had been talking about being confident of not being sacked after talking to both Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley.
But it may be that things came to a head when the club were unwilling to bankroll the players he wanted to bring into the club.
His departure has come at an awkward time and we have to believe that we have a new manager already lined up to be announced tomorrow. Things will probably be being organized for the Press conference behind the scenes right now.
We just cannot believe Chris and Mike let Sam go with nobody ready to replace him. The odds are that it will be Alan Sheerer, although that is by no means a certainty.
We fully expect a new manager to be announced sometime tomorrow.