Earlier this evening, claims circulated that Sam Allardyce had quit as Crystal Palace Manager.
Later on Tuesday night, Fat Sam himself released his own personal statement confirming that the rumours were true.
When the news first spread, fair to say most/all people assumed that money (either for Allardyce himself, or for transfers) must be at the heart of it, if indeed the rumours were correct.
However, in his personal statement, Sam Allardyce claims it is a life choice, wanting to spend more time with his family etc etc.
Amusingly, a lot of Sunderland fans reacted to the initial rumours with optimism that he might be coming back to Wearside.
Hmmm, leaving a Premier League club that will have significant money to spend, to join a Championship one that is skint and has just hours ago lost their best player/only goalscorer for nothing…
As always, Sam Allardyce was happy to clutch at very thin straws and claimed the season as a significant success, both in ‘rebuilding my reputation’ and ‘having helped keep the club in the Premier League’.
Alan Pardew may be hopeless but Crystal Palace were 17th when he left in December, then Sam Allardyce was allowed to spend significant money in January to supplement a team/squad that never should have been fighting relegation.
Despite this, the net result of Sam Allardyce taking over was that they rocketed up from 17th under Pardew, ending the season a massive one point above 17th.
He truly is a miracle worker…
Sam Allardyce official statement as reported by The Mail:
‘In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one.
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, 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 in helping to achieve something. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I think the Club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months.
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.
I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m 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 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.
Steve Parish has been superb during our conversations today. I know it came as a shock to him that I would walk away but our discussions have been incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out.
This is not about transfer targets, finances or anything along those lines. This is me taking the decision I believe is right for my family and myself.
I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I’ve no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.’