West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that he's always dreamed of managing Manchester United.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, the Hammers manager, who has also enjoyed stints at the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Bolton, has admitted that Old Trafford is the number one place to manage or play in England.
In fact, Allardyce has even revealed that he used to go and watch the Red Devils when he was trying to get Bolton promoted to England's elite division.
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Manchester United dream
The West Ham manager told Clare Balding: "I think that if I said West Ham wasn't a dream club to have managed then I'd be in trouble with the West Hams fans [and] it has been a dream club to have managed.
"But there's always been one and that's Manchester United so when I was trying to get promotion with Bolton to the First Division I always used to go and watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford.
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"And playing at Old Trafford myself and going there as a manager I think in this country that was the one."
Allardyce was appearing on the new series of The Clare Balding Show which airs tonight/tomorrow night at 10.15pm on BT Sport 1.
It will stay a dream
Ultimately 'Big Sam' isn't going to be handed the top job at the Theatre of Dreams anytime soon, but he deserves credit for what he has done in the game.
In truth, though, with Van Gaal seemingly starting to get it right at United, it's extremely unlikely that the club will be replacing him anytime soon.
When they do, Allardyce may not be in their thoughts, but the likes of Ryan Giggs and Pep Guardiola may well be suitable for the role.
Giggs, of course, briefly managed the Red Devils after David Moyes' departure and is currently learning his trade alongside Van Gaal at the club, while Guardiola is recognised as one of the leading managers in world football, so would no doubt prove a fine coup for the club.
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‘Sam Allardyce was speaking ahead of his appearance on the new series of The Clare Balding Show. To see the full interview watch BT Sport 1 from 10.15pm tonight/tomorrow or on BBC Two at 10pm on Friday.’
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