Citing a desire to “savour life” while he is “still relatively young”, Sam Allardyce confirmed in a statement late on Tuesday night that he has resigned from his post as manager of Crystal Palace and suggested that he intends to retire from football altogether.
Allardyce took the reigns at Selhurst Park last December, just a couple of months removed from his very brief, disastrous and damaging stint as England boss. At the time, the southeast London club sat in a perilous position just a single point above the drop-zone.
Things didn’t immediately improve for the club under the guidance of ‘Big’ Sam, but in late February Palace began to surge, winning four games in a row. That run culminated in a famous 2-1 victory over London rivals and eventual league winners Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In the nine games that followed, Allardyce’s side picked up a further ten points and at the season’s end ‘The Eagles’ were seven points clear of relegation in the comfy heights of 14th place.
The success wasn’t enough to spur Allardyce on, though.
“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,” read the veteran manager’s statement(via BBC Sport).
“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.”
“I have no ambitions to take another job,”
When he joined Palace late last year, Allardyce signed a contract that was supposed to keep him at the club until 2019. However, according to The Independent, the 62-year-old “believes” that a “six-month break clause” was included in said contract. Allardyce put pen to that contract just over five months ago.