Sam Allardyce DEFENDS Newcastle United amid time wasting critics and takes swipe at Jurgen Klopp

Sam Allardyce has played down the row over Newcastle United’s time-wasting accusations – insisting that Erik Ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp are also offenders.

Big Sam was questioned about the Magpies’ style of play and game delaying tactics but will not be following the likes of Klopp, Ten Hag and Mikel Arteta with a complain. Allardyce takes on Newcastle this weekend knowing a win could take Leeds out of the relegation zone.

When asked about Newcastle’s time wasting, the former Sunderland and Everton boss said: “Who doesn’t do it? Who complained? [reporter says Jurgen Klopp] well he time wastes, [reporter says Erik ten Hag] he time wastes as well.

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“They all time waste in the last five minutes if they are winning 2-1. Don’t be daft. Rubbish that is.

“We have been talking about ball in play rather than time wasting and whether ball in play can be improved, but the game is ferocious and quick enough as it is.

“Players’ fatigue and injuries and resources are strained more than ever before. So if you speed the game up even more you are going to get more and more crippling injuries than you have ever got because it has never been quicker than it is now.

“With it being more quick then recovery time is of the essence. Because of so many games there is no recovery time and because there is no recovery time you get more and more injuries and ultimately get more chronic injuries, which can limit a players’ career, so it is shorter than it should be.”


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