BIG SAM BACK?
Former England boss also reveals he has rejected a number of approaches from clubs in China in recent months
Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he would be open to speaking with Aston Villa about their vacant managerial role, having rejected a number of job offers from clubs in China.
A host of coaches have been linked with succeeding Steve Bruce, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season.
Chelsea legend and former Villa captain John Terry has been strongly linked with taking his first managerial post with the club, while the likes of Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes, Rui Faria and Dean Smith have also been mentioned.
Allardyce has also been widely linked with a return to management since leaving Everton in May.
But while he was shy to fully throw his hat in the ring for the Villa role, the former Premier League boss revealed he would be open to talks if he was approached by the Championship side.
“Im not too sure whether I fancy the Aston Villa job at the moment – Im watching football, travelling the world,” Big Sam told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.
“But I suppose if there is any contact, like anybody else, I would talk to them.
“I would speak to them.”
Asked by Sports Breakfast co-host David Seaman if any clubs have been in contact over his services in recent months, Allardyce revealed: “Only China.
“And at the moment I dont really fancy leaving the family. Ive done that an awful lot in my lifetime as a footballer and at this this stage in my life is not something Im going to do.
“Everybody knows how great the money is but for me its not just about money, its about the standard of football and where youre going to live as well as manage.
“At the moment China wouldnt appeal to me.”