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Black Cats eye Allardyce but he is keen to retire after Palace exit

By Robert Jones

Sam Allardyce sensationally quit as Crystal Palace manager and is one of the favourites to take over at old club Sunderland — despite insisting he has “no ambition” to look for another job.

The 62-year-old, who only took charge at Selhurst Park on December 23, guided the Eagles to safety on May 14 following a 4-0 defeat of Hull, who were relegated as a result.

However, the former England manager has now decided to walk away from his two and a half year deal with the south London club following a meeting with chairman Steve Parish yesterday.

Relegated Sunderland are currently on the hunt for a new boss after David Moyes resigned earlier this week.

“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make, but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in a statement. “I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.

“More than that (keeping Palace up), they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England.

“That’s why it’s hard walking away now. 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.”

The Black Cats are interested, but Allardyce — who had a spell at the Stadium of Light between  2015-16 — maintained he had “no ambitions to take another job”.

“I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young,” he said. “While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren.

“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.”

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