Chris Parsons was one of the panellists who appeared on the latest edition of Derby County podcast Steve Bloomer’s Washing and he spent some time talking about Sam Allardyce’s recent comments about wanting to get back into management during the show.
Allardyce has been without a club since he departed from Everton in May 2018 and the 66-year-old former England manager, who is ‘well known for his old-school footballing philosophy,’ recently appeared on EFL highlights show EFL On Quest, where he discussed his future in management.
As per DerbyshireLive, during that show, Allardyce stated that he’s missed management and indicated that he’s prepared to return to the game should “the right club” make him an offer, while he also revealed that a job in the Premier League is no longer his ambition, seemingly opening the door to a project in the Championship.
While discussing the Englishman’s comments on this podcast, Parsons shared that he interpreted Allardyce’s comments as a clear “come-and-get-me plea” to Derby County, saying: “He basically issued the most blatant come-and-get-me plea to Derby that he could ever have said. He might as well have just said, ‘Mel, here’s my number, call me.’
“I think we can consider that Big Sam has well and truly thrown his hat into the ring.”
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TIF Thoughts on what Parsons had to say about Allardyce…
Considering that Derby are yet to appoint a permanent successor to Phillip Cocu who was sacked by the East Midlands club last month, it may be understandable why Parsons interpreted Allardyce’s comments in this way, especially as the Rams are the only second-tier club without a permanent manager at present, with Wayne Rooney currently in charge of the club in a caretaker role.
With Derby sitting second-from-bottom in the Championship, perhaps Allardyce wouldn’t be a bad appointment, especially as he is known for his ability to help clubs to avoid relegation.
So, if Derby’s decision-makers have caught wind of Allardyce’s comments, then perhaps it would be a wise decision to approach him about the vacant manager’s position sooner rather than later.