Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce is the Premiership manager who would make the best used-car salesman according to a survey of 1,200 football fans across England.

Asked to consider the dealings of Premiership managers in the transfer market and results with their resources, 34% of fans say Big Sam’s record makes him the manager with the best eye for value and performance on a forecourt.

In the research conducted by Network Q, the UK’s leading used car retailer, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (10.9%) and Arsenal’s supremo Arsene Wenger (9.4%) came second and third, followed by Alex Ferguson (9.2%) and David Moyes (6.9%).

Football fans judged Blackburn manager Mark Hughes whose recent transfer dealings include bringing Craig Bellamy and Robbie Savage to Ewood Park, the manager who would be the worst used-car salesman after securing only 0.6% of the vote.

Harry Redknapp’s signing of Teddy Sheringham for Portsmouth was considered the best value transfer deal of recent times with (22%) of the vote.

Another Redknapp signing, Paolo Di Canio to West Ham, was deemed second (18.5%) with Gerard Houllier’s signing of veteran midfielder Gary McAllister coming third (14.8%).

Ian Holloway, manager of QPR, who once had to virtually assemble his squad from scratch when the club fell into administration agreed, "Big Sam would be my first choice and the fans are spot on. There are similarities in dealing in players and used cars you have to have an eye for quality, reliability and value, but unfortunately in our game you don’t get a 12 month warranty if anything goes wrong."

Richard Hughes of Network Q comments: "If Big Sam ever wants a career outside football, he should give us a call."
Published : 10/08/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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