West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels that tackling is in danger of being exiled from the modern game, reports Sky
The case was highlighted due to Vincent Kompany’s dismissal during champions Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, despite this ruling later being overturned. The 58-year-old former Newcastle boss believes that this incident is indicative of the negative viewpoint with which tackling is perceived today.
Speaking before the Hammers’ FA Cup Third Round replay with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, Allardyce said: “We don’t coach tackling anymore. That’s rather sad. We teach stay on your feet. We teach, pinch, nick, intercept. If you are going to ground try and be 100% sure you are going to win the ball.
“Now they are saying that even if the tackle is a perfectly good one, if it’s ferocious in their eyes or is done with too much force, then that is still a booking or a sending off. Well that’s ridiculous.”
Allardyce was keen to point out the pressure that referees are under, however, and does not believe that they are at fault for the current situation, continuing: “Most defenders in today’s football when they go to ground really go to ground for the ball. I don’t see too many today trying to go for the player.
“There are occasions when players lose their heads, yes. Get the red card out, send them off, sort them out. But I just do think that the huge amount of pressure on referees – and this particular area is another added pressure – they are all going to make mistakes.
“But you make more mistakes the more you are put under pressure.”
Allardyce finds himself without defender James Collins for their FA Cup fixture, with a home match against Fulham awaiting with winners of the clash. The Cottagers beat Blackpool in a replay of their own on Tuesday.
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