Sam Allardyce keen to put Louis van Gaal dispute behind him

by Ben Topliss

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has drawn a line under his ‘long-ball’ dispute with Louis van Gaal.

The Hammers boss had mocked “long-ball United” following the 1-1 draw between the two sides last week, prompting van Gaal to hand out a bizarre dossier addressing the issue to journalists at his press conference.

One reporter gave a copy of it to Allardyce prior to their FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion but the 60-year-old says he is just keen to put the matter behind him.

Speaking about the document, Allardyce said: “I shall have a look at that when I get the opportunity. Thank you very much.

“I don’t think there’s any point in me going into it again, it is what it is and he [van Gaal] has made of it what he’s made of it.

“I said what I saw on the day but we’ve moved on – we’ve played another Premier League game since then and the focus for us now is on the FA Cup and trying to progress to the next round.”

Included in the pamphlet were statistics such as the percentage of all passes long and long passes directed forward. Van Gaal said Man United’s numbers when it came to long balls were skewed by long sideways passes.

It was an unusual step to take for the experienced Dutchman but at least it got a funny reaction out of United’s press officer.

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