Sam Allardyce - Crystal Palace


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I want to be able to savour life while I'm still relatively young and when I'm still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football
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May 23 2017
Sam Allardyce has been quoted 104 times. The one recent article where Sam Allardyce has been quoted is Sam Allardyce confirms he is leaving Crystal Palace. Most recently, Sam Allardyce was quoted as having said, “I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I've no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.”.
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There's no doubt about that (that the game should have been moved). It's a great shame that we are not like other countries, who will bend over in fixture terms to help their teams win European competitions. When you look at Jose's fixture list, this will be his 63rd game on Sunday. It's a tremendous effort but no help unfortunately from the Premier League to give him the best chance of winning a trophy that Manchester United haven't won. That wouldn't happen abroad. They would change the fixtures for

Then we can stop paying all these people money for them to do rubbish situations in the game. That is utter

Well it is utter rubbish because what about the lad that gets booked that didn't dive? What are you going to do with that? Are they going to say, Oh that is unlucky, next time we will try and get that right? So the lad that dives gets punished. But the lad that gets punished by the referee when he didn't dive - you are going to have to reverse that somehow. Bring technology in and we can look at it on the day. Then bring a sin bin in so we can put him in the sin bin for 10 minutes and then put him back

We will play the fittest team we've got but I think there will be no Andros Townsend because he's been playing with an Achilles problem. Yohan Cabaye is still feeling his foot but it looks like James Tomkins is OK. There will be some changes to the team but my team want to play at Old Trafford, they don't want me to leave them

My lads want to go there and finish the season off in one of the best venues in the world of football. And whether Jose plays a weakened side or not, it will always be a difficult task because even if they are younger players at Manchester United, they are definitely very talented. We have a job to do and hopefully we can go there and do

Because of the run-in, the size of the teams we had to play, this was the hardest. We've now not wasted the magnificent results we achieved. If you see what Arsenal have done since we beat them 3-0, it shows what we achieved. Now, in the last home game, what a way to finish in front of your own fans. It's a great, great

We have to hold our nerve Sunday and make sure we produce our best

The pressure lies with Hull. They have to win, we only have to avoid

I don't think [he will play against United]. He has been away in France, and is back here now, but I think it won't be a long enough recovery period to think he will be available for Old Trafford. I didn't get my hopes up too much and we had to wait for the scans. Perhaps if he was a quick healer he might have had a chance, but that hasn't proved to be the case. Our crowd will be a big help, but they can't get nervous because that will pass over to the players. [We] have to hold our

Our system did not cause us to concede today's first goal - our defender had to clear the ball and he didn't, and from it they scored. Individuals did not perform to our usual standards. We didn't really recover form that. I did not expect to see what we saw in the second half, which was very disappointing because we'd fought back into the game and were keeping Manchester City at bay. But Vincent Kompany was free in our box and scored their second, and after that we simply lost control and Manchester City scored more and

My team was unrecognisable from what I've seen over the last two or three months - hopefully that is a one-off and the lads have got it out of our system ahead of the biggest game of the season next week at home to Hull. But [we were] very disappointing

Until that time, when we are safe, I can't pursue that. When we are safe, someone else who is already safe may already have done it. Who knows? I'm not interested in who will come and go. When we are secure and safe in the Premier League, as hopefully we are, we can talk about all the agents ringing in with their players. I'll tell you if the agent is telling the truth or

It'll be dealt with, but it's very disappointing. You don't want to see

People suggest that we're there but we're not. We might be. We've got to stay focused and keep working. My players should be hungry to get more points. They've given themselves a fantastic platform going into the last three games. Therefore stay focused and go as hard as you can and see what we can get. Joking apart, I stay focussed. I've seen football matches change so quickly and that's why I don't get involved. You don't see me running up and down the sidelines when we score or after

I'm not The Special One, like Jose (Mourinho). I'm only special because I've got ginger hair and 95 per cent of the world's population haven't got ginger

Burnley defended so well, getting back to cover, denying us space, getting blocks in, throwing their bodies in the way,the way we did at Chelsea and Liverpool. This game was bigger than Chelsea and Liverpool, because we're closer together (in the table) so whoever wins it goes three points away from

I just try to stay factual, focussed, and it is real, authentic. This is not a spin. This is who I am -

We have worked very hard to keep our destiny in our own hands. We have had a big week with Liverpool and Spurs. Burnley have had a full week to prepare and I think that

We got nervous, we started very well, but then fell foul to our inefficiencies, not clearing the box and that goal got the nerves jangling. We sorted that at half-time and hoped our constant pressure would get us back into the game. We made a good recovery but could not find away through a side who defended well and took their chances. There were some very strange decisions from the referee that frustrated people. There were some really poor decisions. I thought tackling from behind was outlawed, I thought that when you were fouled you got a free-kick rather than told to play

There is no doubt he will be peeved about the scenario but he is a professional who has kept himself fit and is still playing in the Premier League at his age which is getting rarer and rarer these days. I expect him to be 100 per cent professional, as he has always been, he has handled the disappointment extremely well and has always been very good in the dressing room. I hope he plays to the capabilities he can play at, there won't be a problem there and if he needs to show me what I was missing I hope he does that as well and says 'There you go, you should have played me

It is all about us believing in ourselves and believing in the squad. For me, Damien Delaney has been here, seen it and done it for a long period of time at Crystal Palace while they have been in the Premier League. He is a very, very adequate step-in for Mama, who got injured; the only problem would be if either him or Martin Kelly got injured in the next few games. It is about professionalism isn't it? He is a long-time, seasoned professional and has to draw on his own pride and professional experience by saying 'I am disappointed that the manager hasn't picked me, I think he should

Wilf's gone through and is onside, and not just by a few inches … by a yard. That's a big turning point. An assistant referee puts his flag up and the goalkeeper upends Wilf, which is him sent off and them down to

He took Wilf's heel, tackled him from behind and didn't make contact with the ball so, in my opinion, it's 100% a penalty. But I'm not sure the referee would have given anything today, inside or outside the box. There were some very strange decisions. Some really poor

We have to recognise the importance of Burnley, being just as important as any of the games we have gone through. The lads need to motivate themselves to get to the level they have been to beat Burnley and put it to bed once and for all, get past the 40-point mark and be

We're unable to say what the extent of the injury is at the moment, but it didn't look too clever with the way the knee hyper-extended. But let's wait for the scan and then probably contact Liverpool and see what the situation is, depending on how serious the damage is. Until we have had the scan, we can't really speculate on the if, when and how on what the seriousness of the injury

I don't want to speculate regarding what it is or isn't, but it didn't look too good the way the knee twisted. We hope it's not the cruciate. It could be medial or lateral, but it was certainly a hyperextension of the knee. We will see after a

We were fantastic in the first half and matched Tottenham all the way through that time - an Eriksen wondergoal settled

The scan will give us an indication of the seriousness of the injury and then we will speak to Liverpool. I would like to think it is not that serious, and that he will get back before the end of the season, but I am not

It was a terrific goal by Eriksen, but a shame for the lads they could not hold

Our biggest problem is at centre half - Sakho with another knee injury, but it is a good job we are blessed with outstanding centre

I am worried these lads can't reach this level when they don't have time to recover. I may have to make huge changes to make sure we compete with

I think when you talk about possession Liverpool had a huge amount but chances on goal we were right up there with Liverpool and we were more

It shows the character in the team and quality finishing of the team. If you ask Wayne Hennessey how busy he was you will realise how good we

I think the key was tactical. They have lost six goals on corners in the first and second phase. They use a zonal system and don't mark men. If you get on the move you may get a

Against Arsenal, Andros shut down three Arsenal players on his own, one after the other. He ran from the right side to the left, almost got a block, and the crowd cheered him for the effort. That's how he's changed his attitude, to believing in himself and performing to his very best. And that's out of possession. In it, he's running at defenders. He believes he can beat them inside,

It's the It's what you have to accept across the board as a manager, that there will be criticism thrown your way at some stage if people think you're not achieving what you should achieve. We've all had it but we're tough enough to deal with it. He's been an outstanding manager in this league for 20-odd years so I'm sure he will be fighting with his players to put things right. And they had a very good victory last night, 3-0, which showed they bounced back and as always it will be a hugely tough game for us because of the quality of their

There's no doubt the transfer market has been a massive influence. Our selection of players, as you saw today, have done exceptionally good, and that's made a

For me it's about trying to go undefeated for as long as possible

The lift he has given us defensively has been exceptionally good. He has settled into the environment here extremely well and worked hard to get himself fit. Now he is showing what a good defender he

Mama is already a big part of what we are trying to achieve

As managers we deal with players in different ways. If I'd been harsh on Dioufy with some of the antics he got up to, he'd never have played for Bolton. You are slightly concerned when you take a player who has been frozen out. But we knew that you don't play for Liverpool as many times as he did and become a bad player. Mamadou is a flamboyant character, a confident man – you can see that with his hair alone. But so far he's not turned up late or anywhere he shouldn't

Wins grow confidence. No doubt about

He's our ambassador for the Football Association, so it would have been nice if he'd have turned up but he obviously had more, much busier things on. They stupidly spent 870 million pounds on Wembley, so they're still paying that debt off. They're all about making money aren't they? You know the FA's the richest football association in the world? Well, I shouldn't say

It was a great honor for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome. Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA's full approval, I recognize I made some comments which have caused

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