Allardyce praises ‘maturing’ Diouf

Both at Bolton and Blackburn, Alladryce has managed Diouf and under

his tutelage, the forward shines. Diouf has been involved in his

fair-share of controversy during his time in England, and after

flopping at Liverpool – Allardyce gambled on him taking him to

Bolton. When Allardyce took the Blackburn job, he was reunited with

Diouf and the 29-year-old is one of the first names on his

team-sheet. “It’s not that he’s scared of me, but I think he

respects me and I respect his ability,” said Allardyce. “It’s about

‘can you handle him? He’s quite a jovial, pleasant lad but he has

spells where he loses his cool and makes trouble for himself. “He’s

a bit of a Jack the lad and can get carried away. Now he’s maturing

somewhat and long may it continue. “I tell him about the stuff he

has to be careful about, how he portrays himself with his clothes.

He has some of the worst gear you’ve ever seen. “Some of the

colours, the big chains and big belts – you can’t miss him from

three miles away. He’s still doing that, though I don’t think he’s

flashing around the Manchester nightclubs like he used to. “He was

never going to lose his image completely but he hasn’t got himself

in trouble for years now, on or off the field.”