West Brom manager Sam Allardyce was fuming at West Ham’s Michail Antonio for comments he made about him after they played one another on Wednesday.
Allardyce said he heard Antonio criticise his style of play after the Hammers defeated the Baggies 3-1.
The match was charged with emotion as minutes before kick off it was revealed that Allardyce would step down from his role as West Brom boss.
He was appointed manager in December, replacing Slaven Bilic, and his aim was to keep the club in the Premier League. However, it has now been confirmed they will be relegated to the Championship, along with Sheffield United and Fulham.
Allardyce told Sky Sports : “Michail Antonio’s statement before I came out here saying we just have big men who play down the channel. He insulted me and my team.
“I know he’s a nice lad but it’s disgusting what he said.
“I think he should go back and watch the game and see how we really played. Our front two are 5ft 10 and 5ft 9 so I don’t know what big men he saw running in the channel.”
Allardyce then went on to speak about being labelled a short-term manager and revealed more of what he overheard Antonio saying.
“I haven’t been more than that for the last six to seven years because it’s all you lot talk about. Just like Michail Antonio said, ‘it’s Sam, we’re long ball. It’s Sam, the way we play.’
“It is a load of crap and it always has been a load of crap because I’ve never played the same at any club I’ve been at and if you thought that was long ball today then somebody is deluded.”
The manager added he did play long ball against Liverpool as he knew it would rattle the Reds, who he said were lucky to have beaten West Brom.
Liverpool defeated Allardyce’s team 2-1 on Sunday after keeper Alisson Becker headed the winner in injury time.
The goal made him the first keeper at the club to get on the scoresheet.