Crystal Palace have appointed former England manager Sam Allardyce as their new gaffer on a two-year deal, after Alan Pardew was given the boot by the Eagles.
Pardew was sacked as manager of the Eagles of Thursday afternoon after just one win in 11 games saw the club lie just one point above the relegation places in 17th place.
Allardyce was sacked as England gaffer after just 67 days and one competitive game in charge back in September after a Daily Telegraph investigation exposed the 62-year-old on giving advice of how to “get around” rules on player transfers.
In an interview on the club’s website, Allardyce said it was the club’s ambition that attracted him to join the Eagles and hopes his experience will help him steer the club well clear of the drop zone.
“I like the look of the squad and that’s probably the reason that I’m here,” said the ex-Sunderland boss.
“Recently the club has been very impressive the way it’s grown, the fact that they’ve held the Premier League status over a number of years now and the fact that the fans create a very good atmosphere and a very passionate one.
“I feel the club can go forward from here and I hope I can help it go forward. With my experience I think I can help us get a few more results on the board over Christmas and New Year to make everybody feel a bit more comfortable.”
The 62-year-old has a wealth of Premier League experience having managed the likes of Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham and most recently Sunderland, who he helped escape from relegation last season.
Big Sam took charge at Sunderland in October 2015 with the club second from bottom and guided to them safety, before landing a dream job to become England manager in July of this year, following Roy Hodgson’s departure after an abysmal Euro 2016 campaign.
Allardyce will take charge of Crystal Palace for the first time against Watford in the lunchtime kickoff on Boxing Day with his first home game taking place on 3 January against fellow strugglers Swansea.
As I said in yesterday’s post, it came to no surprise that Alan Pardew’s tenure at Crystal Palace came to an end and I think the Eagles have made a good choice in Sam Allardyce to succeed him as their new manager.
Allardyce knows the Premier League so well ranking fifth on the list of managers with the most Premier League games and is no stranger to a relegation dogfight, having saved both West Ham and Sunderland from the drop in recent seasons.
I did not think Allardyce would manage again after the scandal that cost him his England job after just one game in charge, but hopefully Big Sam has put all that behind him as he takes on a yet another new challenge.
I think Allardyce will be able to steer Crystal Palace clear of a relegation scrap to a safe mid-table finish, but will need to add a few new faces in the January transfer market.