"The perception of Blackburn Rovers is the wrong one, in many, many cases and we have to live with it......The perception of Sam Allardyce is the wrong one, but I have to live with it."
It's all about perception with fat Sam, he actually isn't that fat, that's just the camera adding a few stone, he would also never order his sides to go out and be physically aggressive in a way that would see several members of the opposition stretchered off. My memories of his cheating violent Bolton side must just be a mis-perception then, those Arsenal players being stretchered off were also just a mis-perception. The likes of Allardyce see dangerous reckless tackles as just fair committed play. For example the repugnant Paul Robinson thought his reckless lunge on Diaby was just a hard fair tackle, utterly stupid.
Allardyce cites some statistics to back up his argument, a nonsensical approach given that referees rarely even award fouls for appallingly dangerous and reckless tackles. Ben Arfa's leg was broken and no foul was given, a cracking example of this problem we have with the poor officiating in this country. I like this amusing take on fat Sam's delusion over at offthepost. Danny Murphy should apologise for nothing, he is entitled to his opinion, as fat Sam is entitled to his stupid deluded opinion. The way in which various bullies are rounding on Murphy including Allardyce and the crony-led LMA shows what a corrupt footballing institution we have in this country. It is fantastic to hear an experienced and highly respected manager in Dario Gradi backing up Murphy's comments:
"You don't play good football if you're hot headed........I'm happy to see people make tackles. I'm just not happy for people to risk injury getting tackled"
Gradi makes some excellent points, including the one that those who tackle recklessly also risk their own limbs. It's just a great shame that the likes of Wenger and Gradi are in a massive minority in this country, if there were more of them then we may see less broken legs and a lot more decent football played, we also might have a much better selection of English players. Dangerous reckless tackling does not show commitment, it shows a complete disregards for one's fellow professional's limbs, it also shows a rank lack of skill and the inability to win the ball without being violent. It's a great shame that so many in our game's corrupt corridors of power cannot see the huge problem staring them in the face, the denial cannot go on forever.