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How have former England managers fared on their return to club management?

Sam Allardyce appears to be on the verge of returning to football at Crystal Palace less than three months after his 67-day reign in charge of England came to an end.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how some of his England predecessors fared when they returned to club management.

BOBBY ROBSON

Having guided England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Robson did not return to England for nearly a decade with stays at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona bookended by two spells at PSV Eindhoven. When he did return to his native north-east in 1999, Robson turned around an ailing Newcastle side. After two 11th-placed Premier League finishes, Newcastle finished fourth, third and fifth under Robson - qualifying twice for the Champions League and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup before his departure in August 2004.

GRAHAM TAYLOR

Taylor was back in club management at Wolves just four months after his ignominious England reign ended in November 1993. He steered Wolves into the Division One play-offs and the FA Cup quarter-finals during a 20-month stay before returning to his spiritual football home at Watford. Taylor won two promotions and took the Hornets back into the Premier League in 1999, but they were relegated the following year and his final job in management was overseeing Aston Villa's 16th-placed top flight finish in 2003.

TERRY VENABLES

The Australia job beckoned for Venables after he guided England to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil. His club career never hit the heights that he enjoyed before the E ngland job, with ill-fated spells at Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough - where he co-managed with Bryan Robson - and Leeds. He did not return to club management after being sacked by Leeds in March 2003 with the Yorkshire club's firesale of top players well underway.

GLENN HODDLE

Dismissed as England manager in January 1999 for controversial comments about the disabled, Hoddle was back in football within a year as Southampton manager. He kept the Saints in the Premier League against the odds before being appointed Tottenham boss in April 2001. He took Spurs to the 2002 League Cup final, but paid the price for poor Premier League form 18 months later - and has been out of management for a decade since a disappointing 19-month spell at Wolves.

KEVIN KEEGAN

Keegan became Manchester City manager seven months after his time in charge of England ended in October 2000. He enjoyed instant success as City were promoted as Division One champions in scoring 108 goals, but left in March 2005 after telling the chairman his desire to retire from football at the end of the season. Keegan made a sensational return to Newcastle - the club where he had previous success as a player and manager - in January 2008, but fell out with owner Mike Ashley and his last job in management lasted less than eight months.

STEVE McCLAREN

McClaren took the continental path trail blazed by Robson after paying the price for England's failure to reach Euro 2008. He coached Twente, where he oversaw the club's first Dutch league title, and Wolfsburg in Germany before returning to England in 2011. McClaren has since had difficult times at Nottingham Forest and Newcastle, but he is currently enjoying more success in a second spell at Derby with the Rams just outside the Championship play-off places.

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