Filed: Tuesday, 15th May 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has begun legal proceedings against Blackburn manager Steve Kean.
A video, thought to have been recorded in Hong Kong last summer showed Kean, who succeeded Allardyce as manager of Blackburn Rovers dismissing his predecessor as a 'crook'.
The comment was made after Kean, who was being secretly recorded without his knowledge, was asked why Allardyce was sacked by Rovers, who were relegated from the Premier League earlier this month.
Kean - who also insisted during the video that he would lead Blackburn to a top ten finish - replied, "Just because he's a f***ing crook. That's the only reason."
- Kean on Allardyce
Despite the video being filmed some ten months ago, it was released into the public domain for the first time this week - clearly designed to destabilise Allardyce's preparations for this weekend's play-off Final.
According to the Telegraph, Allardyce had instructed his legal representatives to begin legal proceedings after talks were held this lunchtime.
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03:25PM 16th May 2012
''Disappointed to see these poisonous comments come from a manager who's just led a former title-winning club to relegation, but given Sam's history and the fact that this muck has been thrown at him before I'm not surpirsed such allegations have surfaced again. To me this smacks of little more than Kean and Venky's trying to save face, in the knowledge that the man they replaced/sacked is likely to pass them on their way down to the Championship, timed to disrupt Sam's plans for Saturday. Venkys to be left with egg, from the Blackburn chicken of course, on their faces again this weekend!''