Allardyce’s greatest XI

Despite a forgettable experience as England manager, Sam Allardyce once again proved why he was initially selected for the role after a very successful tenure with Crystal Palace. 

With Big Sam now retiring, it’s time to look back on his highly successful managerial career – in which he has managed some of football’s best ever players. We will be using a narrow diamond to create the ultimate Allardyce match-day squad.

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With players like Fernando Hierro, Michel Salgado, Youri Djorkaeff and Michael Owen on Big Sam’s coaching resume, no one can ever dismiss the significance of Allardyce’s career in football.

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.

Sam Allardyce

With retirement confirmed for the 62-year-old manager, it’s a nice ending after the negative perspective raised following dismissal from the England job; Allardyce deserved the chance to fix his reputation.

Big Sam proved that he’s still a top manager, achieving multiple results for Palace against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – who knows what would have been for England if the Dudley man was in charge for the next World Cup. Kevin Nolan would probably have came out of retirement.