Newly appointed Leeds United head coach Sam Allardyce believes that he could challenge for the treble if he was in charge of current Premier League title-chasers Manchester City.
The comments came ahead of his side’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, with the Whites currently 17th in the table – out of the relegation zone by goal difference alone.
Leeds’ opponents on Saturday are still on course to secure the continental treble this season, and would become the second English club ever to do so if they achieve such a feat.
City enter the weekend’s contest on a nine-match winning streak and are currently unbeaten in 19 games across all competitions.
Despite this, Allardyce remained confident in his first ever press conference after being officially unveiled as Leeds’ manager, making the bullish claim that there was no manager ahead of him “in football terms” – name dropping fellow top-flight managers Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp in the process.
In an interview with Sky Sports released today, Big Sam doubled down on these audacious claims – stating that he would definitely have City challenging for the treble were he to have their “high quality players” at his disposal.
“Absolutely [get Man City challenging for the treble],” Allardyce claimed (via Football Daily on Twitter).
“Because the players make you a really good manager and a good coach, and your job is to be able to communicate with those players.
“We all have our own pressures but to deal with the high quality players that they have is a dream come true for you as a coach.”
Allardyce is granted the perfect opportunity to prove that what he says about being on an equal level to Pep is true at the weekend as the Whites seek an (albeit unlikely) positive result to pull them further away from the relegation zone.