Al­lardyce takes charge at Palace

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Premier League strug­glers Crys­tal Palace ap­pointed Sam Al­lardyce as their new boss on Fri­day in a swift re­turn to the dugout for the for­mer Eng­land man­ager.

The for­mer Bolton and West Ham man­ager’s one-match reign in charge of the na­tional side ended in Septem­ber fol­low­ing a news­pa­per sting. “We are de­lighted to be able to make an ap­point­ment so quickly and for­tu­nate that some­one of Sam’s cal­i­bre and ex­pe­ri­ence was avail­able,” Ea­gles chair­man Steve Par­ish said, a day af­ter sack­ing Alan Pardew. Af­ter agree­ing a two-and-a-half-year con­tract, Al­lardyce will have his first game in charge on Mon­day with an English Premier League match at Wat­ford. He was set to take his first train­ing ses­sion on Satur­day and has the op­por­tu­nity to re­model the squad once the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow opens. “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,” he said. “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 the prob­a­bly the rea­son that I’m here, be­cause I feel that the club can go for­ward from here and hope­fully I can help it go for­ward.

“With my ex­pe­ri­ence, I think I can us get a few more re­sults on the board.” Pardew was sacked on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a mis­er­able run of re­sults, with the Ea­gles win­ning just four of their 17 league matches this sea­son and only one of their last 11.

Palace are 17th in the Premier League, one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone and three points off the foot of the ta­ble.

Al­lardyce has been out of the game since be­ing ditched by Eng­land af­ter just 67 days in charge fol­low­ing ill-ad­vised re­marks to un­der­cover jour­nal­ists. Al­lardyce gave ad­vice on how to cir­cum­nav­i­gate trans­fer rules, crit­i­cised the FA’s de­ci­sion to re­build Wem­b­ley and mocked his Eng­land pre­de­ces­sor Roy Hodg­son while be­ing se­cretly filmed by re­porters from The Daily Tele­graph pos­ing as East Asian busi­ness­men.

Though he has never won a ma­jor tro­phy, Al­lardyce, 62, has proved adept at keep­ing smaller sides in the Premier League. “Big Sam” has in­te­grated sports sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy into his train­ing tech­niques and made his teams dif­fi­cult to beat, of­ten prov­ing a thorn in the side of the top flight’s more glamorous clubs.— AFP

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