Allardyce calls it quits at Crystal Palace
FOOTBALL: Sam Allardyce has quit his role as Crystal Palace manager five months after taking up the position.
Allardyce, who lasted just one game and 67 days as England boss following a newspaper sting regarding third-party payments, also said he was "unlikely to manage again" citing the need to be with his family.
The 62-year-old, who also managed Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland, took over at Palace last September and managed to keep the club in the English Premier League after it was 17th when he came in.
He had signed a 2-1/2 year contract but said now was the right time to leave.
"It's been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months," Allardyce said in a statement.
"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.
"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."
Palace lost four of its last five games but their EPL status was secured with a 4-0 win over Hull City on the second-last weekend of the season and they finished in 14th place on 41 points.
The club is now looking for an eighth manager in seven years with former defender Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, the early favourite to take over.
"In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one," Allardyce added in his statement.
"I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and (chairman) Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.
"More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England.
"I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant."