Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce warns Benni McCarthy it's time to shape up
Published 23:00 23/12/09 By David Anderson
Benni McCarthy has been told by Sam Allardyce to shape up because he might not be shipping out.
Big Sam is unimpressed by demands from McCarthy’s agent for talks about leaving because he is worried about his World Cup prospects, claiming the South Africa striker should concentrate on sorting out his attitude problem.
“He’s too long in the tooth for me to change him, he has to change himself,” said the Rovers manager. “I can’t change him.
“I can give him the tools to be better in every department, but it’s whether he wants to make himself better. If we get there, we can all go forward together.
“The ball’s in his court. When he gets an opportunity to play, he must play like Benni McCarthy can, not how Benni McCarthy sometimes plays. At times he’s not quite shown the ability he has in every game he plays.
“Unless somebody comes in with a massive offer and we can’t refuse it, he stays. If he does the job we know he can do, score goals for Blackburn Rovers, he’ll go to the World Cup in his own country, which will be a great experience, then he can come back next season and do it all over again”
McCarthy’s agent Ivan Modia wants talks because he claims Stoke, Fulham and Portsmouth are keen on the striker, who is having a run in the side because of David Dunn’s injury.
“We just want to talk to John Williams or Sam Allardyce to find out their plans for Benni,” he said. “Benni just wants to be playing to help his chances of playing in the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce has told Stoke’s former Rovers striker James Beattie he can only sign him if he offloads one of his four frontmen.
“Unless one of those strikers leaves, we won’t be in the market for another striker with four already at the club, whether it’s James or anybody else,” he said.