Imagine if Sam Allardyce managed Man United instead of West Ham…

Sam Allardyce is famous for claiming that he’d be a brilliant manager for the likes of Real Madrid.

The West Ham boss has enjoyed spells in the Premier League with Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn before taking the Hammers job almost four years ago.

But he has since admitted that it was always Manchester United who he dreamt of managing throughout the early days as a manager, and even concedes his disappointment in losing out to Steve McClaren for the England job.

Allardyce was appearing on the new series of The Clare Balding Show which airs tomorrow night at 10.15pm on BT Sport 1, and spoke openly about how he used Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United as model upon which he wanted to develop as a Premier League manager while he was at Bolton.

He said: “For me there has always been one and that was Man United.

“When I was trying to get promotion at Bolton to the First Division I used to always go and watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford. Then playing at Old Trafford myself and going there as a manager I think in this country was the one.”

Allardyce also goes on to speak in detail about how he interviewed twice for the England manager’s job, but eventually lost out to Steve McClaren, which he admits hugely disappointed him.

“I think the biggest disappointment for me was not being the England coach when it became touch and go between me and Steve McLaren at the end,” Allardyce admitted.

And the Hammers boss also speaks about the time he was seen laughing hysterically at Swansea defender Chico Flores last season, and what to achieve from it.

Watch the two clips below.

Sam Allardyce was speaking ahead of his appearance on the new series of The Clare Balding Show. To see the full interview watch BT Sport 1 from 10.15pm tonight/tomorrow or on BBC Two at 10pm on Friday.