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Crystal Palace move is a shot at redemption for Sam Allardyce

Sunday 25th December 2016
Friday saw the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager of Crystal Palace on a two-and-half-year contract subsequent to the sacking of Alan Pardew.

The 62-year-old's reputation was severely damaged after a newspaper sting cost him his dream job as manager of the England national team. But he now has a chance to fix that at Selhurst Park.
Allardyce's battered image did not erase the fact that he has never been relegated from the Premier League as a manager and this made him the bookmakers favourite to take over the reigns at Palace.

Saying Palace have been dismal this season would be putting it mildly. They have lost 8 of their last 10 games and sit a solitary point above the relegation places. They are conceding goals for fun and have now let in 32; that's more than any other team in the League, barring Swansea (37) and Hull City (3), both of whom are below them in the standings.

Allardyce's sides have always been difficult to beat and his first task will be to sure up Palace's porous defence. Other hallmarks of his teams are; they play very direct football, not too many sideways passes and use set-pieces as a means of finding the back of the net.

After the appointment of Big Sam, Palace chairman, Steve Parish, in a statement on the club's website, spoke of how happy he was about the signing of the former Sunderland manager. In his words:

"We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly and fortunate that someone of Sam's calibre and experience was available".

As Sunderland found out; Big Sam more than anyone else guarantees you survival and you really can't find someone quite as good as him when it comes to steering you away from the clutches of relegation. So I think the Eagles can count themselves lucky to have found someone like him.

The 62-year-old himself has spoken about how he is looking to put smiles back on the faces of the Palace faithful who have seen their side lose 22 times in just 36 games this calendar year. The Daily Mail quoted him to have said:

"I hope I can bring some joy particularly over Christmas and New Year but over the long term between now and the end of the season of course".

Palace, you would recall, spent quite a lot in the summer transfer window, spending a huge sum of £32 million to sign Belgian striker Christian Benteke, amongst others. They have a really good squad and you would think Allardyce will be given sufficient funds should he decide to add a couple of new faces to the squad, should he see the need to.

The quality of the Crystal Palace squad, if harnessed properly, should see them stay up for another season in the League. Big Sam might as well have been an early Christmas present for the Palace faithful.

After such a successful career it would have been a shame if Allardyce had retired following his dismissal by the FA, and now Crystal Palace has given him the perfect platform to deliver on the big stage yet again.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.


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