Following what was a somewhat embarrassing exit from his role as England manager last summer, 'Big Sam' ended up at Selhurst Park with a remit of keeping Crystal Palace in the top-flight at the end of the season. Despite his reign at the south London club starting in less-than-impressive fashion with six defeats in his first eight games in charge, his new charges kick-started their campaign with a win at Middlesbrough and from that point they never looked back. A four-game winning run lifted the Eagles clear of the relegation zone and they enjoyed notable wins over the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, results which looked extremely unlikely earlier in the season.
Despite this success, Sam Allardyce has decided that this job is now done and he won't be building on his good work into the new season.
“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said regarding his decision to leave the club. “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.
“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. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
“That's why it's hard walking away now. I believe the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I've ever met. It's been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months.
“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. While I've got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.
“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.”
Understandably the bookies have wasted absolutely no time in releasing the market for Next Palace Manager and an early frontrunner has emerged in the form of ex Man City boss Roberto Mancini. Following his sacking by City in 2013, Mancini returned to management with Galatasaray and Inter Milan. He left the latter club in August 2016 and he is 2/1 with Paddy Power to be next in charge at Selhurst Park.
His main rivals would appear to be former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri at odds of 5/1 with the same bookie. The Italian won't have a shortage of choices when he makes a return to football management and he would certainly prove a popular appointment with the Eagles fans as would ex England boss Roy Hodgson who sits third in the betting market at 14/1.
The future of Marco Silva remains unclear amid reports that he may be considering moving away from Hull City following their relegation to the Championship and the Tigers manager is currently 14/1 to be next in the Selhurst Park hot-seat.
Next Crystal Palace manager - Best Odds
2/1 - Roberto Mancini
5/1 - Claudio Ranieri
14/1 - Roy Hodgson
14/1 - Marco Silva