What next for Sam Allardyce?by Jack Kitson / 16 May 2018, 11:13Tweet
On the day he could have been naming his England squad for the 2018 World Cup, Sam Allardyce instead suffered the sack at Everton.
Big Sam will no doubt feel hard done by given that he’d come in and done exactly what was asked of him.
Upon his arrival the confidence-crushed Toffees were struggling in the bottom-half of the table. He came in, steadied the ship and steered the club to 8th, 16 points clear of safety.
However, he now finds himself back in the Job Centre for the fourth time in two years.
So, what next for Big Sam...?
Wait for a Premier League job
Allardyce is unlikely to make an instant return to the Premier League dugout.
There’s absolutely no chance that he’ll get the Arsenal or Chelsea jobs, while he’s already managed West Ham and Newcastle, and will not be returning to either club.
The veteran gaffer is a 66/1 outsider to replace the under-fire Claude Puel at Leicester City, but we can’t see that one happening either.
In all likeliness Allardyce will jet off on a few holidays, drink some fine wine, play a bit of golf, then come Autumn he’ll find himself in the mix for a top-flight job when a troubled club sacks their manager. Easy.
Only 4 gaffers have managed more Premier League games than Big Sam...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 16, 2018
828 - Arsene Wenger
810 - Sir Alex Ferguson
641 - Harry Redknapp
526 - David Moyes
512 - Sam Allardyce
452 - Mark Hughes pic.twitter.com/5V7zC4Zpbw
If Allardyce is looking to make a swift return to management then West Brom could well be an option, however he’ll have to dip back down to the Championship.
The Baggies, who went through three managers last season, are currently deciding whether to appoint their popular caretaker boss Darren Moore or Brentford’s Dean Smith.
However, the sudden availability of Allardyce, 20/1, could throw a spanner in the works.
Staying in the Championship, there’s a long shot in a switch to Leeds United.
The Whites are currently deciding what to do with boss Paul Heckingbottom, who has endured a difficult time at the helm since replacing Thomas Christiansen in February.
Heckingbottom may be under-fire but we believe he deserves a full season to prove himself.
However, if the Yorkshire club do live up to their trigger-happy reputation, then expect Allardyce’s odds of 100/1 to be slashed.
Miami MLS Franchise
This is definitely one to ponder.
The MLS’s newest franchise, Miami, are owned by a certain David Beckham.
They aren’t set to enter the expanded league until the 2020 season, but if Allardyce is willing to kick back and relax for a bit - maybe even have a stint on I'm A Celeb - he could well find himself in the running to become Beckham’s first manager.
At the time of writing Big Sam is a 16/1 shot with Bet Victor, while he’s the same price to take charge of the United States national team.
What next for Sam Allardyce?— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 16, 2018