West Ham wasted no time in letting the public know what they already knew – ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce would no longer be their manager.
There had been speculation around the safety of his job for months, and the rumours finally caught up with him. As West Ham seek their replacement, Allardyce will not be short of offers himself. But, what’s next?
Plenty of jobs are becoming available as the season is tied up. Many have been announced, and many could be interested in the managerial experience Allardyce has under his belt, such as Derby County. They’ve made the decision to part ways with Steve McClaren at the end of the season, following a disappointing final run-in.
Derby may have been leading the Championship early on, but they only took 12 points from 13 matches. Having finished third in their previous campaign, they finish their season in eighth place. It may not be a top flight gig, but never underestimate the Championship, it is one of the most exciting leagues in the world. Could Big Sam be the man who brings them back into the Premier League? He did it with West Ham, albeit through play-offs.
Or he could head back to one of his former conquests – Newcastle. Admittedly, he may not have had the most memorable season managing the Magpies, but that was back in 2008, six years ago.
We all know John Carver will not go the distance at St. James’ Park – he is lucky to have remained in his job this far. His recent spell in charg proved he is not a Premier League manager, notably as he missed relegation by the skin of his teeth. Sam could attempt to prove himself and erase the memory of the past. It is probably his best bet of staying in the top flight.
A managerial position has just opened up at Sheffield United, too. They have decided to call time on their two year stint with Nigel Clough. They ended their season in fifth place in League One, and got to the Play Off semi-finals, only to be beaten by Swindon. Surely this would be more of a challenge – or a more exciting challenge – than trying to keep Newcastle up again.
What about Liverpool? Brendan Rodgers has had three years in his role, and almost won the league. Liverpool claim his job is safe, but is anyone’s job truly safe? They have lost quite a few big name players in recent years, who Rodgers is clearly struggling to replace. Could Big Sam do it? He would have more money to spend on players; but like Rodgers he is not a Premier League winning manager.
Whether he manages Derby, England or Newcastle, Sam Allardyce will not be unemployed for very long. Things may not have worked out with West Ham, but he is a decent manager. Although, he probably won’t be taking Carlo Ancelotti’s old job at Real Madrid.