West Brom's Allardyce slams the Premier League: 'It'll become boring'

Sun 16 May 2021 | 14:53

The 66-year-old West Bromwich Albion boss is concerned that teams in England's top league are too close and that coaches are being limited.


Premier League

is in danger of being dull, according to

Sam Allardyce

, because players have been "brainwashed" into using the same playing style. 

With an explosion of coaching from across Europe, the English top-flight has opened up to various tactical styles over the last decade. 

However, the West Bromwich Albion boss believes that coaches are being stopped from playing their favorite style and that the league, as a result, is failing.

He said to 

Sky Sports

"What's the point of playing out from the back against Man City and Liverpool, the best high-pressing team in this country. If they drop off, you play out from the back. Where's the space? Exploit the space. I tried to get the players to think about that. It's a simple game that's been complicated far too much by too many people.

"Has the Premier League got tougher tactically? No. The big change is that everyone wants to play the same way. Everyone's been brainwashed into, 'You must play this way, you must…

"As a manager at 66, I really am glad I'm not in my 30s, with people telling me what I should do and how I should play. It's detrimental to the world of football. It'll become boring. The best league in the world should have different systems, different ways of playing.

"To press every young manager into the same way hinders the development of coaches for me; they'll end up trying to do something because of the pressure and they'll end up losing their job and they will be perfectly good coaches who might not get another chance in football to manage.

"We must let young coaches express themselves with the team and players they have and their capabilities. If they've got the capabilities to play out from the back all the time, great. If they haven't, they will keep giving the ball away and the opposition will keep scoring. You have to find another way sometimes and if you don't, you lose your job."

In December, Allardyce took over as manager of the Baggies, but he was unable to save them from relegation. With three fixtures remaining, the Hawthorns are in second place in the Premier League's bottom, 12 points from safety. 

West Brom will play Liverpool at home on Sunday, followed by a home match against West Ham on Wednesday. On May 23, they will play Leeds at Elland Road in the final game of the season.


source: SportMob

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