Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce backtracks on claims he could coach top European clubs

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Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has insisted that his claims about being able to win major trophies if he were in charge of a top European club were "tongue in cheek".

The Blackburn boss said that were he in charge of Real Madrid, Inter, Manchester United or Chelsea, then winning titles "wouldn't be a problem for me".

Ahead of the match against Fulham last weekend, Allardyce said: "I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid. It wouldn't be a problem for me to manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time."

"It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it."

However, Allardyce has now felt that he needed to clarify what he said after his comments caused something of a stir.

"I didn't think it would create quite as big a stir as it has," said Allardyce.

"Somebody asked me if I had found my level and was comfortable as manager at Blackburn Rovers.

"I'm never comfortable as a manager because I am always looking to improve, and my terms of wanting to improve is about having a burning ambition to always get better than I am.

"Obviously, in the end, that would always be to try and get to the very, very top of the industry that I am working in.

"I believe in my own ability, that is the bottom line.

"At the moment it is with Blackburn, which I am very pleased about."

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