Council house boy doomed by insatiable greed...'Big Sam' has always been a wheeler-dealer and enjoys all the trappings of self-made wealth
Few of the endless cast of characters Sam Allardyce has done business with over the years will be entirely surprised by the tawdry nature of recent events.
During a long and sometimes controversial career, the 61-year-old's pursuit of private riches has driven him to the brink of bankruptcy on at least one occasion and generated a series of ugly headlines, of which this week's explosive scandal is just the latest.
By his own admission, 'Big Sam' has always been a wheeler-dealer who, at one of his many clubs, would benefit from 'a slice of the deal' when players were transferred – an... read more
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