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Sam Allardyce has told Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to ‘shut everything down from the inside’, if he is going to succeed in his managerial post at Old Trafford. Allardyce said that without the right staff behind him, he would never have been able to achieve the success he has in football.
Solskjaer is under immense pressure to prove he is the right man to lead the club forward, and the latest defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City on Saturday certainly won’t help.
And the former Premier League manager has said stress is taking its toll on Solskjaer, while Allardyce also offered some advice to the United boss.
“You just have to look at his hair,” said Allardyce. “Ole can only get through it with his staff and then by putting the players on the right track.
“Your staff need to be right on top of their game. We get all the criticism and all the praise as managers, but if you haven’t got the right staff… the success I had, I couldn’t have done it without my staff.
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“I can’t believe I’ve still not got a total silver fox. People think I dye mine, but I don’t. I should have been a silver fox about 10 years ago.
“My advice to Ole is I would shut everything down from the inside, which is almost an impossible task.
“But to focus internally and keep the outside influences away from everybody.
“Focus and really find a way out of it with your staff. Ole’s staff are never more important than they are now.
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“Ole can only get through it with his staff and then by putting the players on the right track. You need your staff need to be right on top of their game.”
But Allardyce hasn’t lost hope for Solskjaer, and he referenced David Moyes as an example of how you can bounce back in management even after a miserable tenure at United.
Moyes returned to West Ham in 2019 and has transformed the club from one in which was consistency involved at the wrong end of table to Champions League contenders.
“If you don’t come back better, you don’t stay in it,” he said. “Look at Moyesie.
“Took over at Sunderland from me after a really bad time at Man United and in Spain, had a terrible time after I left. “Looked like ‘wow, where’s Moyesie going to go now?’.
“Had a brief spell at West Ham, went back again and now has a great team and seems to be a much, much better manager than he ever was – and he was a good manager before.
“That can happen, if you come back more able and more capable, then you stay in the game a long time.”
Allardyce will return to former club Bolton Wanderers on Sunday, where he will manage an all-star team for a charity match in aid of motor neurone disease at the University of Bolton on Sunday.
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