Big Fat Sam Allardyce slams "fat, lazy nation"

2/11/2007 02:35:00 pm / The truth was spoken by Rich /

"Big Fat" Sam Allardyce fears England could struggle in the coming years because the nation is becoming 'fat and lazy'. The Bolton boss believes the government must act quickly to provide children with better physical education if world class sporting champions are to be unearthed.

He believes all sports will suffer for a couple of generations, and feels the signs are already evident with the dearth of young English talent in the Premiership. "This is not a football problem - it's a massive problem for the country, caused by not getting the school curriculum right," he warned while polishing off a kebab.

"We are becoming a fat, lazy nation and our kids are the same. We simply don't grow top sportsmen and women from a young age.

"It's about identifying high quality young men and women and developing their talent before they are passed on to whatever sport they are going to be professionals in.

"The current England football team is fine but there are very few England Under 21 players playing regularly in the Premiership." continued Allardyce while stirring a fourth sugar into his mug of tea.

"Before we can get it right there will be two or three generations of English footballers that will not be good enough. If we don't change now it will get worse before it gets better."

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Comment by Queen Christina I on 11 February 2007 at 17:53

Every athlete I've ever known didn't get the way they were because of P.E. at school. I do think it's good that we have physical education here because a lot of people obviously don't get any healthful guidance at home, but the kind of person who becomes a real athlete has a drive of their own, and seeks out extra training and works hard because they want to, not because it's required curriculum. So I don't think you can blame schools for this. I think if some people would stop being so xenophobic about everything and just admit that other places might know more about sports than they do apparently, then they can take a page from their book, and instead of listening to a fat guy called Big Sam, try training in a style that doesn't include fish and chips and chocolate bars and drinking till 5 am.

Aaaand on that note...I'll be quietly ducking out the back door.

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