Tony Cascarino has gone off on a strange tangent about Joe Allen during a rant on Tony Pulis and defensive football.
Cascarino has been on TalkSPORT to debate Pulis’s sacking at Sheffield Wednesday after just 45 days and 10 games in charge.
The former Millwall and Gillingham striker admitted he “wasn’t Pulis’s biggest fan” before fretting about Stoke’s net spend during the club’s early seasons in the Premier League.
To back up his argument he twice mentioned Allen, who was signed for Stoke by Mark Hughes some three years after Pulis had left the club, although the point about Allen that Cascarino was trying to make about him remains unclear.
Stoke, backed by the Coates family, were able to hold onto their best players under Pulis as they established themselves in the Premier League. Ryan Shawcross, for example, has stayed since 2007, Asmir Begovic was eventually sold under Hughes for more than double what Stoke paid and ditto Steven Nzonzi.
“If you could get 12 players out on the pitch, (Pulis would) have 12 behind the ball,” said Cascarino.
“I’m not the biggest fan. I have to really choose my words because he’s been a manager and a very successful one delivering, certainly with Stoke, over a number of years.
“The problem you’ve got is that the modern game doesn’t allow you to defend and be pragmatic very well because you’re always getting pulled up for fouls.
“Whatever you do, if you get bodies behind the ball and you’re committed and you’re stopping… the game is rewarding attacking teams and Tony has never really done that.
“He might argue different but I remember doing a piece on Stoke City many years ago and how much success they’d had but actually not sold anybody of any note off of that. I think Nzombie [Nzonzi] was one that went for about the same amount of money they’d paid for him.
“But no one has been sold from Stoke for a huge amount of money.
“I mean, Joe Allen went to Liverpool then to Stoke, didn’t he?
“Over the years they never really sold players for big money under Tony Pulis. I don’t know whether it was because people… sometimes that feeling is that if you play a certain style, people don’t know if you can play outside that style and I think he signed a lot of players.
“Look, Peter Crouch did really, really well at many different clubs and could play different styles. Joe Allen played for Liverpool and then Stoke.
“But generally anyone who was brought through that Stoke system didn’t really go for money, or big money.”
Stoke fans were not impressed with Cascarino’s analysis.
Pete O’Connell replied to TalkSPORT on Twitter: “Tony Cascarino here getting paid to tell people on talkSPORT that Stoke sold ‘N’Zombie’ for same money we paid for him. Bought for £3m, sold for £7m. Also mentioning Joe Allen in discussion about Tony Pulis. We signed Joe Allen 3 years after Pulis left the club.”