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Allardyce quits Palace after just five months

Sam Allardyce on the touchline during his one and only game as England manager

Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace manager just five months after he joined the Premier League club.

Palace were just a point above the relegation places when he replaced Alan Pardew in December on a two-and-half-year deal.

His departure was unexpected after guiding them to safety with a respectable 14th-place finish.

But the 62-year-old, who was ousted from his “dream” job as England manager after just one game in charge, said he wanted to “savour life” outside football while he was still young enough to enjoy it.

“I have no ambitions to take another job,” Allardyce said in a statement.

“I want to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough 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.

“This is the right time for me. 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.”

Allardyce was sacked from the England job last summer after a newspaper sting claiming he offered advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers.

He apologised, but added that “entrapment had won”.

The former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, Sunderland and West Ham boss did not take long to take another job and once again he was handed the challenge of Premier League survival. He leaves Palace having maintained his record of never being relegated from the top flight.

Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and David Moyes have managed more games in England’s top division.

In his statement he said: “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.

“More than that, 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. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.

“But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me.”


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