According to the Daily Mail, the FAI are keen to recruit former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce to be the new Republic of Ireland manager – I suppose anything is an improvement on the hapless Steve Staunton. However, Irish legend doesn’t seem too keen on Big Sam taking charge of his country’s team, in fact you can safely say he’s firmly against it.
‘I’ve never been a fan of big Sam’s.’ said Giles.
‘I have sympathy for him, but only limited sympathy. I found him arrogant over the years, a bit obnoxious.
‘What he did at Bolton was good for them, but I wouldn’t pay to watch very basic football, and I don’t think that style would suit Ireland.”
Allardyce was keen to put his name forward for the England manager’s job when Sven-Goran Eriksson stepped down, only to be pipped by Steve McClaren. However, it’s surely likely that he will hold out for a tempting club manager’s vacancy, rather than pursue a career in international football.