Gary Lineker leads calls for Big Sam Allardyce to replace Boris Johnson as PM

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Gary Lineker has led the calls for Boris Johnson's replacement as Prime Minister to be none other than Sam Allardyce.

The government is in crisis mode after Tory resignations flooded in, with Johnson finally giving in and calling it a day as PM on Thursday morning (July 7). So who better to bring in than the man who knows all too well the process of steadying the ship – Big Sam.

Lineker tweeted: "He’s going. Give it to Big Sam for the rest of the season." Allardyce was regularly turned to when a Premier League club was staring down the barrel of relegation.

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He was appointed by Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland with the primary purpose of survival, and achieved it with each. But he lost his perfect top-flight record in 2021 when he went down with West Brom.

That hasn't waned the support for his appointment at 10 Downing Street, though. One of Lineker's followers replied: "Good call, specialist in turning round totally lost causes!"

A second declared: "Only man who can stop us getting relegated." Another Twitter user wrote: "Steadies the ship for sure. We are at risk of going to the Championship of countries at this rate!"

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But other had their doubts. One commented: "I dunno. Will even Big Sam manage to keep Britain up?" Another suggested: "Big Sam or Harry Redknapp. I would take either."

And a groundbreaking swap deal with England boss Gareth Southgate was touted by one who argued: "Personally think Boris and Southgate should swap. Can't be much worse, can it?"

It's not the first time Big Sam has been urged to take up the PM post. Back in 2016 a petition was made – and unsurprisingly rejected.

It read: "The United Kingdom is in dire straits. No one can seem to put a cross in the right box, or in the box at all. We need a leader to bring us forth from the bottom on the totem and keep us floating. Big Sam is our only hope to steer us to safety."


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