Sam Allardyce has left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge and also his job as a manager.
After his infamous one-game spell as England manager, Big Sam replaced Alan Pardew at Palace in December, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
Allardyce told Palace owner Steve Parish of his will to resign from the club during a meeting in London on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal when he was appointed as Palace boss in December – less than three months after leaving his role with England – and managed to keep the club in the Premier League, lifting them from 17th to 14th.
After resigning, Allardyce released a statement which said:
In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one.
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 savor 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.
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.
Sam Allardyce has managed Newcastle, Bolton and Sunderland also.