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Big Sam makes big club claim

Image: Hughes and Allardyce: Weekend meeting

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce claims he would deliver titles if he was in charge of Real Madrid or Man Utd.

Rovers chief claims he would succeed at a big club

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce claims he would deliver titles if he was in charge of Real Madrid or Manchester United. Allardyce welcomes Mark Hughes' Fulham to Ewood Park this weekend, and the Rovers boss insists neither he nor Hughes were given a fair crack of the whip during their spells at Newcastle United and Manchester City. And Allardyce has talked up his own capabilities, maintaining he would be successful if he landed a job at one of the top clubs in European football. "I'm not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid," said the former Trotters tactician. "It wouldn't be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time. "Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn't be a problem. "It's not where I'm suited to, it's just where I've been for most of the time. "It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it."


Hughes has made a good start at Fulham, one of five teams still unbeaten in the top flight, and the trip to Lancashire will be a return to an old stamping ground where he spent three seasons as a player and four years as manager. Allardyce believes the Welshman - who was sacked by City last season - was hard done by at Eastlands. He added: "His Manchester City reign obviously was not long enough. A little bit like me at Newcastle, but I didn't last quite as long as Sparky though. "He was given the chance and unfortunately at that stage of his career they decided to have a change. "You look back on it and he'll be very disappointed because they only lost two games, I think. But that is the way it is sometimes, there's a perception that other people can do better than you, but often the reality is not the case. "He decided that Fulham was the place for him, he's taken over what he's described in his own words as a very good team and he's started where they left off last season." Allardyce does believe Fulham will feel the loss of striker Bobby Zamora, who suffered a broken leg last week. He added: "Bobby Zamora was the most improved player last year without a shadow of a doubt. "He gets them into a European final, he gets himself in the England squad and all of a sudden he becomes an outstanding centre forward."

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