Stoke City fans are counting the days until their club appoint a new manager, and in the last few days, two ex-Premier League managers have revealed they’re NOT interested.
Those Sam Allardyce, who currently works at talkSPORT and unemployed Chris Hughton, who was axed by Brighton at the end of last season despite keeping them up.
Allardyce was asked by his colleague whether he wanted it, he said: “No… I’m coming down here and enjoying myself too much with you!
“There are a lot of assessments to be made and recommendations to the board on how you are going to change it and the board need to listen to the man they have just employed on how to do those recommendations to save Stoke.”
? Al: “Would you take the Stoke job?”
❌ Sam: “No… I keep coming down here and enjoying myself with you!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 5, 2019
Chris Hughton also spoke to talkSPORT recently, he said: “Yes I would (prefer to go back in to a Premier League job).
“I suppose in theory you’re only a Premier League manager if you’re managing a club in the Premier League.
“But what I have done is manage three clubs in the Premier League (Brighton, Newcastle and Norwich) and I’d like to think I’ve done a decent job. At two of those, me and my team managed to get those clubs promotion to the Premier League.
“Where I would like to be is at the highest level possible. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working in and the challenges of managing in the Premier League and the challenges are difficult. In all due respect to the clubs I’ve managed, they are probably bottom 10 teams and the challenges are very different to the likes of West ham and Everton or Bournemouth, who have perhaps crept in there.
“But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed those challenges and I want them again.”
THE LATEST ODDS:
∙ Tony Pulis – 15/8
∙ Chris Hughton – 9/4
∙ Michael O’Neill – 5/1
∙ Paul Cook – 7/1
∙ Alex Neil – 9/1
∙ Alan Pardew – 10/1
After listening to what Sam Allardyce had to say about being linked with the Stoke manager’s job, fans took to joke about being glad he isn’t heading there – see what more they had to say on the next page.