West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he would love to take charge of Premier League rivals Manchester United who he also considers are the dream team to manage in the Premier League.
The former Bolton Wanderers manager insisted that managing West Ham is a ‘dream’ job too, admitting he would have got plenty of stick from Hammers fans if he didn’t say so.
Allardyce is out of contract at Upton Park this summer and two wins in the last 14 Premier League games means talks over a new deal have yet to begin.
However, it hasn’t stopped the 60-year-old of dreaming big as he admitted that managing Manchester United had always been a dream ever since his days at Bolton.
Speaking on the Clare Balding Show, which is shown on BT Sport and the BBC, he said: “If I didn’t say West Ham were the dream club to manage then I’d be in trouble with West Ham fans… but it has been a dream club to manage.”
“But for me there has always been one and that was Man United. When I was trying to get promotion at Bolton to the First Division I used to always go and watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford.”
“Playing at Old Trafford myself and then going back there as a manager, so I think probably in this country, they are the one.”
Allardyce ,who led the Hammers back to the Premier League from the Championship in 2012, revealed it was his failure to grab the England job that left him most disappointed.After Sven-Goran Eriksson left the national team, Allardyce appeared to be the favourite for the position.
He said,”The biggest disappointment for me was not being the England coach when it became touch-and-go between me and Steve McClaren at the end.”
Allardyce revealed that he had two interviews for the post of Three Lions boss and it was after that ,he was told that it was between him and McClaren.
“I had done two interviews and Brian Barwick finally ended up ringing me saying ‘it’s between you and Steve, we’ll let you know on Thursday.'”
“It was quite funny because I said ‘you do know we are playing Middlesbrough on Wednesday night at home’,so on Wednesday night I congratulated Steve because I hadn’t had a phone call.”