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Newcastle boss Allardyce: Benitez doesn't like me

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has re-ignited his war of words with Rafa Benitez and accused the Liverpool boss of sour grapes after Bolton's win last season.

Benitez dismissed the Bolton of the Allardyce years as an ugly, dirty, long-ball team and that was before Liverpool lost 2-0 at the Reebok.

Allardyce said: "Our relationship is average - a bad average. He doesn't like me because we beat them. Bolton weren't supposed to beat a team like Liverpool.

"We played a different game with different rules apparently. He criticised Bolton's style, saying we played outside the rules. I didn't see any referee's report saying we played outside the rules.

"When you get criticised by a fellow manager, you take it in the spirit that it comes and for me I find it a great compliment because I won when I shouldn't have.

"I used that kind of criticism as a big positive because I'd rather them moaning about the way I beat them than how well we played in losing 3-1 or 3-0.

"But I don't see why I won't be inviting him in for a glass of wine after the game.

"I went in for a glass of wine when Liverpool beat us 2-0 and he spoke about me in the papers. But I was big enough to walk in and test how good his red wine is."

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