Frank de Boer’s difficult start to life at Crystal Palace has set tongues wagging in the press over a possible rapid return to the club for Sam Allardyce but the man himself has ruled himself out of the running this morning.
After “retiring” in May after successfully helping the Eagles retain their Premier League status, the former England boss has been enjoying his time out of the spotlight and regardless of the troubles currently unfolding in SE25, he doesn’t sound particularly keen to jump back into the professional game as things stand.
Having lost his role with the national team in disgrace after falling foul of a “sting” orchestrated by a national newspaper, Allardyce took on the daunting task of keeping Palace afloat with the aim of repairing his damaged reputation within the game; a test he passed with flying colours during his time with us.
The sudden nature of his departure came as a shock to supporters and the Palace board alike but in direct contrast to the departure of Tony Pulis some time before, there is no animosity felt towards him for the manner in which he made his exit.
Although his decision to walk away did leave Steve Parish and his fellow directors in the lurch to some extent, they believe there to have been no ulterior motive behind the manager’s decision to retire and are unlikely to have ever got their hopes up over a potential reunion just three months after seeing him head off into the sunset.
The positive results Sam managed to eek out of the current crop of players last term has certainly raised a few questions over De Boer’s suitability to the role but for the time being, it looks as though we’re going to keep faith with the Dutchman, given the limited time he’s had to get his ideas across.
The mere thought of Allardyce returning always seemed ridiculous to me but you can’t legislate for the direction in which major news outlets sculpt their content these days.