Opinion: Lessons of an Allardyce Lost

Sam Allardyce lost focus on what is important in life, and the values we should all strive for as human beings. His loss of focus ultimately cost him his dream job. This episode should act as a reminder of the need to remain grounded through life’s successes. To avoid the twin threats of greed and temptation, and for the need to remain humble and compassionate towards your fellow man and woman.

Big Sam lost his way. The footage we have seen of Allardyce in recent days is that of an arrogant, selfish individual. Someone dismissive of the efforts, culture and values of his new employers. A man prepared to divulge openly, to a group of people he barely knew, his dismissive thoughts of men with long and esteemed backgrounds in football. Roy Hodgson was by no means perfect as a manager, but he appears a lot closer to perfect as a human  than Sam. Sam’s banter is perhaps not far removed from the thoughts of many an England fan, but that is exactly the point. He is supposedly a professional, not a fan.

Big Sam lost his grip on reality. All take and no give, eventually he was found out. His bubble burst. He suffers from a lack of grace and subtlety, his attitude not befitting the England manager. That he considered it feasible to even consider the undermining of his own organisation and offer insight towards their potential exploitation is truly staggering. It is said that every man has a price. Sam’s is seemingly lower than most.

The FA lost face. It is easy upon reflection to suggest those tasked with hiring Allardyce should have delved deeper into his background and personality. Surely due diligence though, and an interview process that sought out Sam’s foes as well as friends, would bring these severe and now-obvious character weaknesses to the fore. Better now than deeper into England’s World Cup-qualifying campaign of course. But in an age of psychological profiling of job applicants, one feels Sam’s successor will face much deeper scrutiny before being offered the role.

To leverage power for some extra pocket-money is perhaps only a rung or two below taking from the hand that feeds, or stealing from the till. In the context of Sam’s scheming to utilise his inside knowledge of English football for personal gain, potentially to his employers’ detriment, it could even be argued as one and the same. Wise proverbs aside, these are fundamental morals for most of humanity to live and abide by.

Sam lost his job. His greed and stupidity does not make him a bad man. He is not a criminal. He is a successful, knock-about lad who made some mistakes. And it cost him dearly. He has now to consider his own personal values and morals. To rethink his approach and improve as a man when returning to the guise of keynote speaker. For surely his management career is over. At least he will have another anecdote to tell, surely the most important of all.

john@dailyfootballblog.com

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