10 Things About Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has today been confirmed as Everton manager.

The Englishman is well-known to football fans across the country. But here are 10 things you may not have known about him…


1. A strong central defender during his time as a player, Allardyce was renowned for his awareness, anticipation and aerial ability. He represented seven English clubs as a player: Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Millwall, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion.

2. Bolton fans gave Allardyce the nickname "Super Sam Bionic Man" in his playing days due to his tough-tackling approach and the way he quickly got up after heavy collisions.

3. Allardyce had a short spell with North American Soccer League outfit Tampa Bay Rowdies midway through his 21-year playing career. He played 11 games and scored one goal for the soccer side that shared their facilities with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Since becoming a manager, Allardyce has discussed learning modern practices of American football with regards to training, player management and tactics - and applying them to his own career.

4. During his time in the States, Allardyce found a solution to cure a long-standing hamstring issue. He later explained solving the problem helped him prolong his playing career and helped him to continue playing until the age of 38.

5. Allardyce’s first taste of managing actually came in a player-manager capacity while at Limerick. He guided the team to promotion into the League of Ireland Premier Division after winning the 1991/92 League of Ireland First Division. They achieved promotion despite tremendous financial pressures, with Allardyce coaching and playing for the first team.

6. Allardyce is a keen advocate of sports science and using technology and innovative techniques in coaching his teams.

Martin Hardy, a journalist for The Independent, once described him as "one of the pioneers of sports science in English football”.

Speaking in December 2015, Allardyce explained his decision to set players individual tasks on iPads, saying: “If a player can digest his own statistical information away from the football club, in his own time, when he’s not under any pressure – without a coach standing over him – it can help him.”

7. Allardyce was named Bolton Wanderers manager in October 1999 and led the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, League Cup and Division One play-offs in his first seven months at the club.

8. Allardyce won promotion to the Premier League in his first full campaign in charge, before going on to qualify for the UEFA Cup twice with the Trotters and forging a reputation of luring high-profile names to what was then-known as ‘The Reebok Stadium’.

Indeed, Allardyce was responsible for signings such as Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Fernando Hierro and Nicolas Anelka, Hidetoshi Nakata and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

9. Allardyce was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton in July 2010 for his services to the town’s club as a player and manager.

10. He has won the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award on six separate occasions, only five other managers can boast more.

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