Newly appointed West Brom manager insists now is not the time to get into the kind of “tittle-tattle” he has employed in the past.
lost his first game as West Brom’s manager 3-0 to Aston Villa last week and will face the league’s champions and winners today.
In an interview with talkSPORT last week,
had said he hopes to ‘wind up’ other Premier League’s managers such as
, but when he was asked about his statement ahead of the Baggies’ clash against the Reds, he said:
“Certainly not at the moment, because I’m not in a position to wind anybody up until I know and I’m fully aware of what my squad and my capabilities are to help that team play better.
“At the moment it is a focus purely and simply on me trying to get the team as prepared as possible, to face one of the toughest challenges, if not the toughest challenge, of a Premier League game this season – and that’s the Anfield home record, and us trying to go there and get a result.
“For them not to have lost at home for so long is just unthinkable in terms of its achievement (Liverpool’s last home Premier League defeat was in April 2017, 2-1 to a Crystal Palace side managed by Allardyce).
“Obviously we want to try to get anything we can as a positive out of that game, and when I say a positive, not just a good performance. A point would be like a win for us. Any more than that, we can give it a try, but it will be our most difficult game of the season I think.”
The 66-year-old continued:
“What the other teams are doing, and what the other managers are doing, is purely focused on us looking at their team selection, what their shape of the team is, who are their most dangerous players, what are their weaknesses, and also just to focus on that, not for me to get into any tittle-tattle that I used to love doing before.
“Everybody used to think that tittle-tattle was only what top managers at the top of the league did, which was an absolute nonsense.
“We could all do it, and we can all wind each other up – you’ve just got to find the right thing to wind them up about.”
Allardyce knows well his side need to bag some wins to kick-start their survival run, he said about that:
“Absolutely, 100 per cent.”
have got seven points from their 14 league matches this season, only one win that came against rock-bottoms
, they headed into Christmas five points away from safety.