After exiling himself to a foreign beach in the wake of his England departure, Sam Allardyce resurfaced in public for the first time since last night.
Big Sam was spotted at Manchester United’s 4-1 Europa League victory over Fenerbahce after being invited to the game as a guest of Sir Alex Ferguson. Ironically, Allardyce was sitting just a few seats from David Gill – who was on the panel that handed and then sacked him from the Three Lions post.
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to work out that his reappearance coincides with rumours of a Chinese takeover at Sunderland, the club he left for the England job in the summer in the first place.
A return to the Stadium of Light this quickly would represent an extraordinary turnaround for Allardyce, given it’s less than a month since he left and turned off the ‘Big Sam’s office’ wifi at England’s St George’s Park base.
He was forced to fall on his sword after a sting published in the Daily Telegraph alleged he advised fake businessman on how to “get around FA rules” on player transfers.
His Sunderland replacement David Moyes is clinging to his position thanks to a frankly awful start to the season. The Black Cats find themselves in yet another relegation battle, sitting rock bottom of the Premier League on a measly TWO points from eight games.
Poor Moyesy’s position looks in serious jeopardy and he’s the current favourite in Paddy Power’s Premier League Sack Race.
To make matters worse for the former Man United boss, Chinese investors have been heavily linked to swoop in from the east to launch a takeover bid for the beleaguered club – and it seems Big Sam is the man they want at the helm.
Shortly after leaving England on September 29, Allardyce could be found as far out as 14/1 to take back the Sunderland job. However, on the back of these reports our traders have chopped him right into .
When asked about the Big Sam speculation spokesman Paddy Power said: “Many people would say you’d have to be mad to go to Sunderland. David Moyes has looked like it’s Halloween all season.
“But I know a fella who’d be up for the job, so long as you offer him a pint of wine and a napkin to cover his face with during the negotiations.
“That’s right, Big Sam is favourite () to make a return to Wearside. I wonder if we could telegraph his ending, too.”