Sam Allardyce quits football management

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 May 2017, 09:47

Sam Allardyce has dramatically and unexpectedly drawn the curtains on his managerial career (for now) after leaving Crystal Palace.

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In a statement Allardyce said:

“I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

Big Sam replaced Alan Pardew at Palace back in December, returning to the dugout for the first time since his disgraced England departure last September, which saw him leave after only one game at the helm.

Allardyce endured a tricky start to life at the Eagles, registering just one point from his opening five games, however a subsequent run of seven wins in 11 moved Crystal Palace clear of the drop zone. Three straight defeats followed but then a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Hull saw the club secure their top-flight status.

As a result Allardyce kept his “never been relegated” record in tact, but after careful consideration he’s now decided to walk away from not only Palace, but management, after 15 seasons in the Premier League.

Palace will no doubt still be stunned at the news as they bid to find a third boss in the last six months. The early betting shows that two former Premier League title winning managers are in the mix to succeed Allardyce, in Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri, while other names in frame include Chris Coleman, Martin O’Neill, and Paul Lambert.

Sam Allardyce’s Managerial Career (1991-2017):

  • Limerick (League of Ireland First Division champions)
  • Preston
  • Blackpool
  • Notts County (Old Division 3 champions)
  • Bolton (Old Division 1 play-off winners)
  • Newcastle
  • Blackburn
  • West Ham (Championship play-off winners)
  • Sunderland
  • England
  • Crystal Palace

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