West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce sends video message of support to youngsters at grassroots football club Thorley Manor
Thorley Manor's youngsters have received a personal message of support from Premier League manager Sam Allardyce.
The West Bromwich Albion boss received a T-shirt from the youth football club and sent the players a video message to say thanks and to congratulate founder Greg Sambridge and his fellow coaches on the job they are doing to get them prepared for the planned return of grassroots football on March 29.
In the video, Big Sam said: "Hello there, everybody at Thorley Manor, just heard that you're in your third lockdown in grassroots football.
"That must be very, very disappointing, but I'm sure that very soon your football will return.
"I'd just like to thank the club for doing all they can to keep the club going and to keep your chin up, lads – you'll be back soon.
"And, of course, thank you very much for the T-shirt!
"Big Sam is hoping you're all well, all staying safe and you'll be enjoying your football very, very soon. All the best."
Allardyce, 66, is currently in a relegation battle with his Baggies side sitting second from bottom in the top flight and 11 points adrift of safety.
He has also led the likes of Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham and Everton as well as having an ill-fated 67-day spell in charge of England in 2016.