15 May 2012
Sam Allardyce to sue Steve Kean for defamation
Sam Allardyce is set to seek compensation on the grounds of defamation from fellow football manager Steve Kean, it has emerged today (May 15th).
This comes after a video of current Blackburn Rovers manager Kean speaking with a small group of supporters about his predecessor Allardyce while on a pre-season tour of Hong Kong in July 2011 was posted on YouTube last night.
During the clip - which was secretly filmed by one of the fans - Kean labels Allardyce, who was fired by the club's Indian owners Venky's, a "crook" and appears to be critical of his management style.
Kean replaced Allardyce at Ewood Park in December 2010 after a period as his assistant manager and indicates he felt that his hard work in this position was not appreciated.
Following the release of this four-minute video, Allardyce - whose current team West Ham United face Blackpool in the Championship play-off final on Saturday - has decided to take legal action against Kean.
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Posted by Francesca Witney