Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has taken a dig at his old vice-chairman Karren Brady while having his say on the coronavirus situation.
West Ham’s unpopular CEO Brady enraged many fans – particularly those of Liverpool – earlier this month.
Brady’s opinion on what should happen in light of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a stir across football just days after matches were cancelled.
Brady wrote in The Sun that the only fair thing to do would be to make the 2019/20 campaign null and void.
Brady savaged for “self-interest”
That would deny Liverpool a first title for 30 years and – as cynics were quick to point out – save West Ham from potential relegation.
It would also – among a plethora of other things – deny the likes of Leeds United a long-awaited return to the top tier.
Brady was heavily criticised by fans and pundits and accused of “self-interest”. She has since clarified her comments after reportedly upsetting Hammers co-owner David Sullivan (Daily Mail).
The Premier League has shut down until April 30th at the earliest.
But even that restart date looks highly unlikely given the enforced lockdown now in place.
West Ham’s season and football in limbo
It means West Ham and their 19 fellow Premier League clubs cannot train together until at least mid-April.
All the uncertainty has led to a speculation over what should happen to resolve the season.
Speaking about the situation on Sky Sports News, former Hammers boss Allardyce took a cheeky dig at Brady.
But he too fears there is no way the current season can be finished.
Allardyce takes pop at Brady but agrees with the sentiment
“I’ve got a big fear that we should stop the season and look to start again next season,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News.
“I don’t know how you can finish a season with everything that’s going on in terms of the NHS, how strained it is, and everybody needing to stay safe in their own homes.
“I think it’s the way it has escalated into such a difficult period for the whole world and, particularly, for our country, how rapidly this virus is spreading and how many lives it looks like it is going to take, and because the only way we can stop it is by isolating.
“(Brady is) Protecting West Ham Football Club as best she can I would suggest, with my tongue in cheek.
“It would get rid of all the problems they’ve had this season if it was finished now and restarted next season in terms of fighting against relegation – that’s why she may have suggested it!”