Big Sam on 'devastating' Blackpool blow

SAM Allardyce is back in town ... and for once he won't be concerned how windy it is.

The Blackburn boss was in charge at Bloomfield Road in the mid-90s, missing out on promotion after an infamous play-off defeat at the hands of Bradford.

And he has fond, if unorthodox memories of his former club.

Allardyce recalls: "Obviously facilities weren't great. There was a time when the health and safety people threatened to get games called off if the wind blew at so many miles per hour because the stand was susceptible to having its roof blown off.

"We always used to put out that the wind speed never quite got to the danger level, even though some days it probably did!"

Not all his memories are pleasant, though, especially those about the loss of his job. The play-off game against Bradford very peculiar.

Experienced players froze and could hardly put one foot in front of other.

"I think Bradford had three attempts at goal (in the return game, when Pool threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead) and they all went in.

"Being sacked by Blackpool after finishing third was a devastating blow at the time. It was a complete shock."

But whatever happens tomorrow, he believes the Seasiders will do well this season, especially with Holloway in charge.

"As a former Blackpool manager, I'm delighted to see them in the Premier League and they certainly have a chance of surviving," he said.