Is Big Sam about to make a stunning return to the Premier League as Crystal Palace manager, just months after resigning from the position?
Sorry to get your pulses racing folks, but the answer is no.
Speaking ahead of West Ham’s game against Huddersfield on Monday Night Football, Sam Allardyce said he’s “not ready” to return to management and ruled himself out of the running for the Palace job following the sacking of Frank de Boer.
The Dutchman was sacked from Selhurst Park on Monday after losing his fourth of four league fixtures with the club.
The writing was on the wall for de Boer after the Eagles’ 1-0 defeat at Burnley at the weekend.
But following the former Inter Milan manager’s dismissal, Allardyce said he took a phone call from Palace chairman Steve Parish seeking his thoughts on what the club should do next.
The former England gaffer said he was not offered the job, but Parish was quick to seek advice from the guy who kept his side in the top-flight last season.
Allardyce said: “I spoke to Steve late this afternoon and said you know, for me, I would not be ready to come back.
“I’ve made the decision and I would not feel comfortable at this time. I’m not ready to take on a new position.
“I’m enjoying my life too much at the moment and I’m enjoying watching everyone else under pressure.
“I’m very sad after all the hard work that was put in last season to rescue the team. It was a great end to a tough start at Crystal Palace.”
De Boer promised Parish that the club would evolve under his leadership, but the chairman now admits that he made a mistake appointing the Dutchman.
Following the sacking, Allardyce told Sky Sports News: “I have just heard the news that Frank has left today which is obviously very disappointing for him and for Palace.
“But it shows the panic in football today is ever increasing due to the size of the money and the fear of losing your position in the Premier League.”
Allardyce ended his previous managerial spell at Selhurst Park on a positive note, but has no intentions of returning just yet.
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