As we reported earlier today, Sam Allardyce has indeed left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge.
After his infamous one-game spell as England manager, Big Sam replaced Alan Pardew at Palace in December, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
When Allardyce placed his sizable behind in the Selhurst Park hot-seat, the Eagles were just one point above the drop-zone. However, in typical fashion, the relegation-dodger saw his side win eight of their subsequent 21 games to finish in a more than respectable 14th place.
Now, however, the 62-year-old former Newcastle, Sunderland and Bolton boss has chosen to call time on both his job at Palace and his managerial career overall.
After resigning, Allardyce released a statement which said:
In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one.
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, even if I’m beginning to feel all my 62 years.
This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. 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.
Allardyce has overseen a whopping 488 Premier League games as a manager, with Harry Redknapp the only English boss to manage more.
Impressively, despite a few scares, he also never suffered relegation in his 15 seasons in the competition, while he remains the only coach to take charge of six different sides in the competition.
Although one wonders if this really is a final goodbye. Don’t be surprised to see Allardyce back in the Premier League next season, no doubt called in to save yet another side from the drop.
But for now, let’s all raise a pint of wine and salute the legend that is Big Sam!