Just five months after leaving Crystal Palace and stating unequivocally that he “didn’t want another job in club football” Sam Allardyce has defiantly thrown his hat into the ring for the Everton job.
The former England gaffer appeared on Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s Bein Sports show on Sunday and refused to deny that he would take the job at Everton, were it offered to him in the coming days or weeks.
When he left Palace after successfully steering us away from the relegation zone last May, he said in no uncertain terms that the hard graft that comes with day to day club management was no longer for him but now, just 10 games into the new campaign, it looks as though the big man has got itchy feet. It would have been quite easy for him to extinguish any speculation when pressed for an answer over a possible move to Everton but instead he chose to fan the flames which to me, sounds like the definition of a come and get me plea.
In essence, I have little against Allardyce potentially taking up the role at Goodison Park given the mess they find themselves in. He’s a man who knows exactly what to do when faced with a crisis and would almost certainly take them flying up the table but after speaking so convincingly about his desire to “retire” from club management when leaving Palace, it would come as a real kick in the teeth to see him working as a direct competitor so quickly.
As many of you will already know, Palace would be due around £2 million in compensation, were Sam to go back into club management in such rapid fashion, thanks to a clause inserted in the deal by Steve Parish when he agreed to let Allardyce leave over the summer. Having already gone through a similar issue with Tony Pulis back in 2014, the Palace chairman was understandably keen to avoid a repeat performance, not that any amount of money will stop a feeling of frustration from bubbling up if the big man is in the dugout to face us at Selhurst Park in three week’s time.
Of course, he may end up taking on the USA job and leaving the possibility of bad blood, compensation payments and Premier League drama behind for good but if Palace’s recent history is anything to go by, he’ll return to Selhurst Park with Everton in mid-November, conveniently refusing to comment when pressed for context over his decision to “retire” from club football just a few months previously.
Trust no one.