Sam Allardyce wants Chelsea job amid Mauricio Pochettino exit rumours

'Get me there!'

Sam Allardyce wants Chelsea job amid Mauricio Pochettino exit rumours
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Former England boss Sam Allardyce has thrown his hat into the ring (Picture: Getty)

Sam Allardyce admits he would take the Chelsea job in a heartbeat amid rumours that head coach Mauricio Pochettino is facing a sacking.

It is believed that Chelsea’s hierarchy have begun exploring replacements for Pochettino and may part ways with the Argentine at the end of the season.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has been strongly linked with the role while Jose Mourinho has been tipped for a third stint at Stamford Bridge.

Former England boss Allardyce has now also thrown his hat into the ring as he made a tongue-in-cheek comment on talkSPORT on Tuesday.

Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Leeds United in June and has also previously managed West Brom, Everton, Crystal Palace, Sunderland, West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle, Bolton, Notts County and Blackpool.

Quizzed if he would be interested in the Chelsea job, Allardyce said: ‘Oh yes, I’d fly back from Dubai tomorrow for that – get me there!’

Allardyce then aimed a dig at Pochettino’s defensive tactics as the Englishman added: ‘Sort the defence out.

‘It’s the worst defending I’ve seen in the Premier League for a long, long time.

‘People see that as a negative punt. There’s a big thing on Monday Night Football about Manchester United and how many shots they’ve conceded and then looking at the top teams like Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

‘They have the best defensive records. It’s a simple mathematical equation. You win the league if you have the best defence not the best attack.

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Mauricio Pochettino is fighting to keep his job at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘The best attack gives you the opportunity to get the points in the end but the defensive side of it wins you the league.

‘The defending has been ignored for many years now and I’ve never seen such bad defending for a long time.’

Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final on Sunday to Liverpool and return to action on Wednesday night when they host Leeds in the fifth round of the FA Cup.