Fans react as Allardyce leaves Palace and hints at retirement

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he has left his job as manager of Crystal Palace, just five months after moving to Selhurst Park.

As well as walking away from the Eagles, the 62-year-old has suggested that he is retiring from management.

Allardyce has had a turbulent 12 months Рleaving Sunderland and getting axed from his dream role as England boss after just 67 days following a media sting investigating alleged corruption in football.

Just three months later, the coach was back in management, helping Palace retain their top-flight status, and he got the job done.

Following a meeting with chairman Steve Parish in central London on Tuesday, Allardyce has confirmed that he wishes to step down from his position.

In a statement released by his representative, Allardyce said:

“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.”

He went on to suggest that he is retiring or at least taking a lengthy break away from the game.

“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.”

In his career, Allardyce has coached eight clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

Football fans from all clubs have been giving their reactions to the news on Twitter.