Sam Allardyce Takes Charge At Palace

Former West Ham United, Sunderland and Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is back in football after his short stint in charge of England by becoming manager of the Eagles.

The 62 year old has signed a two and a half year deal, replacing Alan Pardew who left the club on Thursday. Allardyce will take charge of his first game in charge of Palace at Watford on Boxing Day.

We welcome Sam to the club and look forward to seeing what he can do with what is a talented squad of players that he has inherited.

TEB will have all the reaction right here throughout the evening from fans of both Palace and clubs that Big Sam has previously been in charge of.

Newcastle United fan Jake Jackman told TEB;

As Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce didn’t have a chance from the start. Shortly after he arrived, Mike Ashley bought the club and it was evident that Allardyce wasn’t his man. He did okay during his short spell in terms of results and perhaps should have been given more time, but this was at a point when Ashley was very involved in the running of the club and he didn’t see Allardyce as the man who could get us where we wanted to be. Ironically, his managerial appointments after Allardyce were worse. Kevin Keegan shouldn’t have been brought back, Alan Shearer had no experience, Chris Hughton was the easy choice and the less said about Mr Pardew the better

I have no doubts that we wouldn’t have been relegated twice since his sacking had we kept Allardyce. He has a good eye for a player. During his short time at St James’ Park, he tried to sign Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Luka Modric, all of whom have been excellent Premier League players. However, he was never backed entirely by Ashley and that is why it didn’t work out. For Palace, I expect him to stabilise the club for the next 18 months and establish you as a mid-table Premier League club. However, the game has moved on and he is unlikely to replicate his excellent achievements with Bolton.

It will be interesting to see how he settles in after the controversy that saw him leave England, but it is a no frills appointment by Palace and he will do a good job. One thing is for certain, Palace won’t go through the horrendous patches of form that you did under Pardew. Allardyce is a man who puts results ahead of performance and that is something that Pardew needs to learn to do, especially if he wants to be a success in the Premier League.

The team at We Are Wearside told TEB about his time at Sunderland;

Big Sam is a big appointment for Palace and it is hard to see it failing. His biggest managerial achievement probably was keeping Sunderland in the Premier League. He’ll make some daft team selections from time to time such as Dame N’Doye instead of Jermain Defoe, but he’ll love the squad already in place at Palace and you’ll be thinking more about the top ten than bottom three in May. You’ll probably end up with Wahbi Khazri and, if you’re lucky, Yann M’Vila.




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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on Meridian FM.

1 Comment

  1. December 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    Personaly i would have rather we held on to Alan Pardew for at least the next couple of games. As its the players i blame for the recent poor performances and the defenders should be ashamed of themselves I cant believe that the ownors of Cpfc would even consider Allardyce let alone give him the managers job. Have they overlooked the fact that he was sacked as England manager because of his greed and dodgy dealings. His heart isnt in the good of our club. Hes only in it for the money, the fat git.

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