Category: Sam Allardyce

Allardyce set for axe as Everton manager – reports

London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s reign as Everton manager is set to end after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park, according to widespread reports in England on Tuesday. Sky Sports reported the 63-year-old will be informed at a meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as early as Wednesday that his services are no longer required as Moshiri reacts to fans’ growing discontent with the former England manager. Allardyce’s rudimentary style of play has proved deeply unpopular despite lifting the Toffees from 13th in the Premier League when he was appointed in November to finish eighth. Despite signing ... Read more

Everton have golden opportunity to beat Liverpool, says Allardyce

London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce said Friday that the fixture calendar has presented Everton with a golden opportunity to end their long winless run in the Merseyside derby as he bids to snuff out Liverpool’s attackers. It is more than seven years and 16 matches since the blue half of the city celebrated victory over their closest rivals, with Liverpool winning four of the past five encounters. But the derby falls between the two legs of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s side will head into Saturday’s match with more than half an eye on the ... Read more

Arsenal’s Wenger wary of Allardyce reunion

London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger admits a reunion with old rival Sam Allardyce could pose serious danger to Arsenal’s hopes of rekindling their title challenge when Crystal Palace visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Wenger has traded barbs with Allardyce numerous times in the past and the sight of the Palace boss glowering down the other end of the touchline might give the Arsenal manager a pang or two of concern this weekend. With fourth placed Arsenal battling to avoid being cast adrift in the Premier League title race, the last thing Wenger needs is to see his side roughed ... Read more

Palace boss Allardyce says snubbed Chinese offer

London (AFP) – Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce claims he rejected a lucrative offer from a Chinese club before taking charge of the Premier League strugglers. Chinese Super League teams have been spending big money in a bid to add prestige to their developing league. Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is the latest high-profile star to move to China after joining Shanghai Shenhua, while Chelsea midfielder Oscar has agreed to join Shanghai SIPG. Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has claimed Real Madrid have been offered a world record £257million (300m euros, $317m) for the Portugal forward by a Chinese club. Managers ... Read more

England job exit a dark moment, says Allardyce

London (AFP) – Crystal Palace’s new manager Sam Allardyce described losing the England manager’s job as “one of the darkest moments in my career” in a television interview broadcast on Saturday. Allardyce, 62, lasted just 67 days as England boss after he was axed for making indiscreet comments to undercover newspaper journalists, with Gareth Southgate succeeding him. He bounced back to land the Palace job on Friday, following the dismissal of Alan Pardew, but his experience with the national team still rankles. “The first four weeks was something that was one of the darkest moments in my career,” Allardyce told ... Read more

Allardyce takes charge at Crystal Palace

London (AFP) – Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace appointed Sam Allardyce as their new boss on Friday in a swift return to the dugout for the former England manager. The former Bolton and West Ham manager’s one-match reign in charge of the national side ended in September following a newspaper sting. “We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly and fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available,” Eagles chairman Steve Parish said, a day after sacking Alan Pardew. After agreeing a two-and-a-half-year contract, Allardyce will have his first game in charge on Monday ... Read more

Sam Allardyce poised to become Crystal Palace manager

London (AFP) – Former England manager Sam Allardyce looks set to be named as the boss at Premier League club Crystal Palace after arriving at their training ground for talks on Friday. Speaking to Sky Sports News outside the club’s Beckenham training base, Allardyce said he was there to “complete talks” and described Palace as a “fantastic” opportunity to return to Premier League management. Allardyce, 62, is set to replace Alan Pardew, who was sacked on Thursday following a miserable run of results, with the Eagles winning just four of their 17 league matches this season and only one of ... Read more

No police action against former England football boss Allardyce

London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce will not face a police investigation over the newspaper sting operation that saw his time as England manager brought to an end after just one game in charge, it was announced Friday. Allardyce, 62, was sacked following the publication by the Daily Telegraph in September of controversial comments made to undercover reporters.  He was secretly filmed discussing loopholes in third-party ownership transfer rules and mocking England predecessor Roy Hodgson.  Appointed England manager on a £3 million-a-year contract ($3.9 million), Allardyce also agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador for their fictitious ... Read more