Guardiola: Allardyce is a ‘genius’ for saving teams from relegation

Date published: Monday 25th January 2021 4:25 - James Holland

Sam Allardyce West Brom

Pep Guardiola has called West Brom boss Sam Allardyce a ‘genius’ for saving relegation-threatened teams.

Allardyce took over at The Hawthorns in December following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.

Since then, the Baggies have picked up four points in the Premier League. That includes a 3-2 derby win over Wolves.

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Allardyce has never been relegated as a manager in the top flight.

He’s kept up clubs such as Sunderland and Crystal Palace during his career.

Speaking about Allardyce, Guardiola said: “He’s had good and bad results, like everyone. It’s not easy to take over a team during the season, but against Wolves, Liverpool and some other clubs he’s got good results.

“Sam Allardyce is a genius to take these teams when everyone believes it’s over and get results. If it happens once, twice or three times, OK you can say it’s lucky, but that is not the case because he’s done it I don’t know how many times.”

Guardiola’s Man City play West Brom tomorrow evening at 20:15.

West Brom will be encouraged by their 1-1 draw with Liverpool in late December, which showed they could compete with some of the best teams in the league.

But City are in great form, having won their last six league matches. Speaking about their run, Guardiola continued: “The results give you an incredible boost, an incredible confidence. Sometimes you wonder what is first – do the results make you play good or do you play good if you get results?

“I think both are connected, but we are (just) in the end of January. It’s just (thinking about) West Brom, seeing what they have done since Sam Allardyce took over the team. Trying to analyse the individual qualities – especially up front with the quality of (Matheus) Pereira – trying to make a good game and to get another victory.”

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