Sam Allardyce: 'There’s nobody with a bigger ego than Roy Keane'

Sam Allardyce: 'There’s nobody with a bigger ego than Roy Keane'

Leeds manager Sam Allardyce has taken a swipe at former Manchester United and Ireland captain Roy Keane for his comments following the club's relegation to the Championship.

The Yorkshire outfit failed to avoid the drop from the Premier League after losing 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day.

Allardyce, who took the job last month, was tasked with beating the drop, and failed to do so, claimed that he hoped he could have gotten more out of the current Leeds side.

"I'd have hoped I could have got a bit more out of them, so I take responsibility for that. The last thing I wanted was to be the man who took Leeds United down," said the former England boss on Sunday

"To the fans, I apologize that I didn't do better and the players didn't do better. It's very sad that this club has been relegated after working so hard to get back in the Premier League after so long."

Many fans expect Allardyce to resign and not be in charge of Leeds' Championship adventure next season and there has been little indication he will stay on.

Keane, who was doing punditry work for Sky Sports on the final day, admitted that Allardyce's ego would not allow him to manage in the Championship.

"I can't imagine Big Sam wanting to go back to the Championship. Not with his ego," said Keane on Sunday.

Allardyce, who has had vast experience in football, hit back at Keane for his comments and aimed a dig at Keane's managerial record in football.

"You mean my ego is bigger than Roy's? There's nobody with a bigger ego than Roy," said Allardyce on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast.

"That's some statement coming from him. He mistakes ego for experience and confidence, and the ability to do the job, which was much better than Roy did [as a manager], wasn't it?"

You can watch the full podcast here.