Allardyce insists Benitez places too much emphasis on European competition instead of launching a sustained bid for the Barclays Premier League title - but believes his success on the Continent could have saved his job.
Allardyce, speaking to Zoo magazine, said: "Rafa would be very lucky to be in a job if he hadn´t got to two Champions League finals, because they have had some very, very poor finishes poor finishes in the Premier League."
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