Text  Larger | Smaller | Default

NewsNow

Big Sam blasts FA


Filed: Thursday, 18th October 2012
By: Staff Writer


Sam Allardyce has hit out at New Zealand Football after they insisted Winston Reid make the trip home for the All Whites' World Cup 2014 qualifying match against Tahiti.

Reid, who was nursing an injury sustained during West Ham's 3-1 defeat at home to Arsenal a fortnight ago was ordered back to New Zealand by the NZF - the country's equivalent of the English FA - for the match, which the Kiwis won 3-0.

That result gave them an aggregate win of 5-0 and edged them closer to another appearance in the Finals. However Allardyce was critical of the decision to call Reid - who was an unused substitute - back for the game.

"I don't see any sense in calling them over and particularly that far, because they are injured," he said. "I don't see any sense it in at all. I also think there was an underlining factor that they didn't trust him or us that he was injured.

"There's another underlining factor that tells me that the players are brought there and then they're put under enormous pressure to play, because of the loyalties to the country by the coaches and certain political elements which they have to resist.

"On one hand I'm all for international football - but it doesn't make any sense to take them because they can't play. I don't understand that at all."

Reid, who has been suffering with a back spasm could make his return to West Ham's first team against Southampton at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday - despite having undertaken a mammoth 48-hour flight this week.

Should the in-form centre half not be considered fit to play, James Tomkins is on standby to deputise.





Related News

   arrow   Rock & Roll: an update [1st Apr 2015]
   arrow   Nene, Valencia, Sakho and Cole: Wednesday's News [1st Apr 2015]
   arrow   Allardyce lets his hair down on weekend off [31st Mar 2015]
   arrow   West Ham register 12 point improvement on last term [31st Mar 2015]
   arrow   Song, Jenkinson, Nolan and Downing: Monday's News [30th Mar 2015]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [26th Mar 2015]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [25th Mar 2015]
   arrow   In brief - Tuesday's news round-up [24th Mar 2015]
   arrow   In brief - Monday's news round-up [23rd Mar 2015]
   arrow   Five more wins to equal Premier League record [22nd Mar 2015]


Your Comments


comments powered by Disqus
 
News Image




On This Day ...

One Year Ago
The KUMB.com Podcast: with Irvine Welsh
The latest episode of the award-winning Knees up Mother Brown Podcast is av...more
Three Years Ago
The KUMB Q&A: The Cockney Rejects
Later this month a special preview screening of the new Cockney Rejects film, 'East End Babylon' - a...more
Five Years Ago
Zola on ... Everton
A delighted Gianfranco Zola shares his thoughts on a vital draw at Goodison Park......more