Sam Allardyce has hinted at retirement following his resignation as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge.
The 62-year-old held discussions with Palace owner Steve Parish on Tuesday afternoon and made it clear that he had no intention of remaining at the Selhurst Park helm for another campaign.
“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” he 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.
The former Newcastle and West Ham boss says he has no ambitions to take another job and is keen to spend more time with his family without the pressure that comes with being a football manager.
Allardyce signed a two-and-a-half-year deal when he was appointed as Palace boss in December – less than three months after leaving his role with England – and managed to keep the club in the Premier League, lifting them from 17th to 14th.