Ewood Park boss tells Fulham midfielder to apologise or he will get one of his player’s to break his legs. That’s obviously a joke.
Sam Allardyce says Danny Murphy wrong to call Blackburn Rovers a dirty team
Murphy singled out Blackburn Rovers, Stoke and Wolves when he claimed some managers risk encouraging fouls by sending out teams overly fired up – a move that has provoked fury among players and management at Ewood Park – and said some players had “no brains” in the challenges they were making.
Blackburn have produced a raft of statistics to prove they are not a dirty side – they currently have the fourth-best disciplinary record in the Premier League with 11 cautions and no red cards this season, better than both Fulham and Arsenal.
Rovers have only had one player sent off all year, no players were suspended for five or more bookings last season, and their disciplinary record has improved hugely since Allardyce took over.
The Blackburn manager called on Murphy to apologise, insisting: “If he’s man enough, that’s what he should do.
“The allegation made by Danny Murphy was totally and utterly wrong as you can see by the facts we have given out.
“We are not dirty and we never go out to injure a player; I never send a player out to injure a player on the opposite side, we are too professional for that.
“In the disciplinary league table we are fourth, that’s how good we are.
“People like Danny Murphy are giving a perception that’s not true and I hate perception. There is far too much of it in the game, we should stick to reality.
“I was very, very angry indeed when I saw it. The players are very angry – was it brainless or mindless he said? An outrageous statement to make. They are very angry about that.” (Daily Telegraph)
It seems that Danny Murphy has got a lot of flak of his recent statements which is weird as he is saying pretty much what the likes of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have been saying for some time now. Sam Allardyce wastes little time responding to criticism and it seems that on this occasion he has a point.
Does the fact that neither Mick McCarthy or Tony Pulis have responded mean they are okay with the Fulham midfielder’s claims or perhaps they will wait until they next play the west London side to make their feelings known?