Belfast Telegraph

Big Sam's hopes for Palace are Crystal clear after landing job

By Robert Jones

Sam Allardyce last night vowed to take Crystal Palace “forward” after being appointed on a two-and-a-half-year deal just a day on from the sacking of Alan Pardew.

Allardyce, who stepped down from his dream job of managing England after only 67 days and one match in charge following a newspaper sting, was the red-hot favourite to replace Pardew and will be in the hotseat for the Boxing Day clash at Watford.

Chairman Steve Parish said: “We are delighted to be able to make an appointment so quickly and fortunate that someone of Sam’s calibre and experience was available.”

The 62-year-old Allardyce arrived at the club’s Beckenham base yesterday to meet with Parish following Pardew’s dismissal 24 hours earlier.

Pardew’s near two-year stint at Selhurst Park was ended following a run of one win in 11 Premier League games which has left them one point and one place above the relegation zone.

His more expansive style of play, which brought just six Premier League wins in 2016 but also took the Eagles to the FA Cup final last season, also came under criticism.

Allardyce has never been relegated while at the helm of a Premier League club and that has clearly appealed to the Palace hierarchy.

The veteran manager was quick to praise the ambition of the chairman and the club’s American owners, Pardew claiming just three weeks ago that they “perhaps don’t know a lot about football”.

Allardyce said: “I hope I can bring some joy, particularly over Christmas and New Year, and over the long term between now and the end of the season.

“The club seems to be very ambitious, certainly the chairman and the owners seem to be taking the club forward in the right direction.

“I like the look of the squad and that’s probably the reason I’m here, because I feel that the club can go forward and hopefully I can help it go forward.”

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