Sam Allardyce has resigned as manager of Crystal Palace, and indicated his retirement from football management.
Allardyce has announced his resignation after only five months in the job, in which he saved the club from relegation.
In a statement, Allardyce 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.”
“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.”
When Allardyce arrived at Crystal Palace in December, the club were in 17th place in the league. He soon rectified this, with the club eventually finishing in 14th place come the end of the season.
He thanked club Chairman Steve Parish and the club for “the chance of rehabilitation” following his dismissal from the England manager’s position after only 67 days in charge. He was sacked following a newspaper investigation into his conduct, after being filmed giving advice on how to subvert FA rules regarding player transfers.
Allardyce inspired Palace to famous victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool during his tenure, and maintained his record of never having been relegated from the Premier League.