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Klopp Vs Allardyce: A Tale Of Two Managers

November 25, 2015

- Grant Whittington

At the beginning of October it was a double whammy of managerial step-downs in the Premier League as Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers was sent on his way and Dick Advocaat resigned from his managerial duties over at Sunderland. It was a great opportunity for both clubs to find ideal replacements to help their teams get back to their winning ways and it was thankfully something that both clubs were able to turnaround rather swiftly. But whilst the two newly appointed managers arrived at their new clubs for very much the same reasons they are certainly two very different managers.

We predicted it in the summer, andJurgen Klopp was named as Brendan Rodgers successor much to the delight of the Kop. German boss Klopp, having already had much success with his previous club Borussia Dortmund, was a welcome appointment. Klopp is famed for his charm and charismatic side as well as being considered a master tactician. His acumen for the game is second to none and his arrival is positive news for both Liverpool as well as the Premier League.

At the other end of the table struggling Sunderland had just handed the manager’s position to that of big Sam Allardyce. He is now in the undesirable position of having to help save this Sunderland side from the dreaded drop back down into the Championship. And let’s face it, Allardyce is the perfect man for the job having helped steer other clubs from such disaster in the past. The well respected escape artist has his work cut out for him and the 61-year-old will have to fight tooth and nail in order to bring belief and confidence back to players and supporters at the Stadium of Light.

During their first sit down with the press it was clear to see the instant contrasts between the two managers, their persona and their attitudes to fixing the clubs in question. Klopp was smiling and exuding confidence and magnetism as usual whilst Allardyce was very straight talking and direct discussing the hard work that both he and the club have to take on in order to keep them in the Premier League.

On the surface of things it does appear that the similarities between the two managers are negligible however they are both tough, passionate football managers with one goal in mind. The importance of bringing their squad together once more as a team, to strengthen their confidence and to begin churning out results is crucial for both sides. And let’s face it the Premier League is most certainly a better place having them both in it.

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