Sam Allardyce has stepped down from his role as Crystal Palace manager, after just five months in charge at Selhurst Park and suggested he will retire from management.
The 62-year-old was appointed the Eagles manager back in December following Alan Pardew’s dismissal and guided the club to Premier League safety finishing the season in 14th place, with eight wins in his 21 games in charge.
In a statement on the club’s website, Allardyce said he is going out on a high and thanked Crystal Palace for giving him the chance to redeem himself, after his short England spell.
“It has been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months,” said the former Sunderland gaffer.
“I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.
“They gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.”
It has been a busy 12 months for Big Sam having helped Sunderland to Premier League safety last May, before been chosen as Roy Hodgson’s successor to become the new England manager last Summer.
However, he was sacked as after just one game in charge at the end of September, following the controversy that he offered agents advice on how to “get around” rules on transfers.
Allardyce would return to management with Palace just three months later and would guide the club to safety having been one point above the dropzone when he took over, including memorable wins at Chelsea and Liverpool.
Following his departure from Crystal Palace, Allardyce hinted that he may retire from football management saying he has no desire to take on another role and wants to enjoy the rest of his life.
“I have no ambitions to take another job”, said Allardyce.
“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.
“I want to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.”
Allardyce enjoyed a managerial career spanning over 25 years, including managing the likes of West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle and boasts a record of never being relegated as a manager from the Premier League.
Crystal Palace will now begin their search for a new manager ahead of next season, with former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and ex-Man City gaffer Roberto Mancini among the early bookies’ favourites.
I don’t think anyone saw this coming. However, after the England controversy there was doubt that Big Sam would ever manage again and after feeling that he made up for his mistakes at Palace, it makes sense for him to go out on a high.
Despite the mess made during his short spell with England, Allardyce has been one of the best manager’s England had over the past couple of decades guiding the likes of West Ham, Sunderland and Palace to safety over the years.
I think he could have stayed on with Palace but I guess he did not want to further damage his reputation. You could call it a selfish move, but there are rumours that part of his departure also came down to a disagreement with the chairman on transfers.
Nevertheless, Allardyce is gone from Palace and looks to be done with management. Palace will find it tough to replace him, but the Eagles should be good enough to avoid another season if struggle next campaign.