Sam Allardyce is back in English football following his spectacular Rise and Fall with England, and those expecting him to return without bearing the whips and scorns of his international humiliation have been proved wrong. Big Sam was sacked from his important role in English football following an F.A. investigation, and his first two games have been marked by his calling for an F.A. investigation and a man in an important role in English football to be sacked.
Boxing Day St. Stephens' Day draw with Watford was greatly enhanced by Sam's feud with Harry the Hornet, the Watford mascot who mocked Wilfried Zaha by diving in front of him post-game. Allardyce said that the mascot's behaviour was "out of order", saying that "the Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do".
His second game was yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, beguiled as it was by that stunning Olivier Giroud finish. Afterwards, Allardyce complained about Palace's congested fixture list, as they face a critical game against Swansea just 48 hours after the end of the Arsenal game. Swansea, by contrast, have had an extra day's rest. Allardyce took the opportunity to take a considerable pop at the person responsible for arranging the fixtures.
We’ve been dealt the blow of not having enough recovery time between now and Tuesday night, why can’t we play Wednesday?
I don’t know who does the fixtures but he needs sacking really.
Swansea played yesterday, have 24 hours on us. They’re such big games with so much at stake, you want a fair crack at it, and it’s unfair when you’re playing [Sunday] and Tuesday night.