Former Bolton and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he enjoys winding up Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and described him as ‘arrogant’.
The 60-year-old who cut short his holiday in Spain to take up an appointment as Sunderland boss last week, glowing spoken of his duals with Wenger during his time at Bolton Wanderers.
In a serialized autobiography of Allardyce by The Sun, he claimed that Wenger “hated” his Bolton team because of their ability to frustrate the gunners.
“There was one time he wouldn’t shake hands with me at Highbury because we got a draw,” said Allardyce. “I saw him ripping his tie off and throwing it on the floor in anger.
“He takes it all very personally and has an air or arrogance. He’s not one for inviting you into his office for a drink after games. He’s a fantastic manager, I cannot deny that, but the more I could wind him up, the more I liked it.
“He tried to influence refs through the media and create a perception that we were bullies committing all the fouls, while his team just wanted to play. It seemed he wanted a rule where they should be allowed to do what they wanted with the ball, without us being allowed to tackle them.”
Allardyce is expected to lead Sunderland out for the first time against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.