Sam denies Stoke pair bid
Sam Allardyce has ruled out the possibility of moving for Stoke strikers Tuncay and James Beattie.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 17/06/10 1:45pm
Sam Allardyce has ruled out the possibility of making a move for Stoke strikers Tuncay and James Beattie.
The Blackburn boss is rumoured to be in the market for new strikers, with Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic the only recognised first teamers at Allardyce's disposal.
With the Potters linked with a move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, manager Tony Pulis may look to cash in on his two forwards, neither of whom have been able to hold down a first-team spot.
Allardyce however denied the rumours linking him with Turkish international Tuncay and Beattie, who began his career at Ewood Park and made four appearances for the club.
"We have no interest in them at the moment and we haven't made any enquiries," he told The Sentinel.
"I am surprised to see the stories in that respect, although teams get linked with everyone at this time of year so I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised."
Whilst on the subject of Stoke, Allardyce spoke of his admiration for Pulis, insisting that he should not change the tactics that have assured the Potters' comfortable status as a top-flight club for the past two campaigns.
Allardyce took a similar approach to a great degree of success when manager of Bolton, much to the annoyance of football purists such as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who branded his approach as negative towards football.
"If you have caused an upset against one of them then the talk is about your style of play rather than the fact the other manager has technically and tactically outmatched them," Allardyce added.
"An Arsene Wenger or a Rafa Benitez might say Stoke City are this, that or the other because they have been embarrassed by the technical and tactical awareness of the other manager. Unfortunately, those managers get listened to more than anyone else, it helps the media write stories and everyone reads that.
"Then it becomes a tag that you never lose.
"I had the same last season in our last but one game when we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Ewood Park.
"I am sure Tony Pulis would agree that we are employed by our clubs to do the best we possibly can for them.
"Tony has done a tremendous job to steer the club through two years in the Premier League."