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# Big Sam

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# Big Sam
Sam Allardyce decides to leave West Brom at end of club’s relegation season
The manager declined the Baggies’ ‘generous offer’ to stay on ‘after serious consideration’.
# reloaded
Arsenal plough through West Brom at snowy Hawthorns
The resurgence continues as Mikel Arteta’s men secured a third win on the trot.
# Concern
Allardyce calls for 'circuit break' as positive Covid tests rise in Premier League
The Premier League returned its highest number of positive Covid-19 tests this season on Tuesday.
# Premier League
Struggling West Brom sack Bilic amid reports of role for Sam Allardyce
Big Sam has cancelled his upcoming media work as he is being linked to fill the vacancy.
# Big Sam
Exeter Chiefs forward Skinner ruled out of Scotland's World Cup campaign
Sam Skinner won’t be travelling to Japan after sustaining a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win against France.
# Big Sam
Allardyce turns down offer to return as Newcastle manager
The 64-year-old claims he was approached to replace Rafa Benitez.
# little sam
Sam Allardyce - grandson of the man himself - signs for League One side Oxford
The club say that the 18-year-old is an ‘old-school defender’.
# bossman
Hughton dismisses link to vacant Ireland job but Big Sam declares his interest
Both men have been linked with the position following the departure of Martin O’Neill yesterday morning.
# The Gaffer
Wenger, Big Sam and Rodgers: 5 outside candidates to take over as Ireland manager
Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane left by mutual consent this morning.
# Big Sam
Warburton overwhelmed by support following shock retirement announcement
“Never in a million years expected this much support. I cannot put into words how much it means to me.”
# Big Sam
'I'm surprised how it came about. It seemed to be done and dusted through the media'
Sam Allardyce reflects on how his Everton reign ended yesterday.
# Big Sam
Allardyce sacked as Everton boss after just 6 months in charge with Silva tipped to take over
The former England boss took over last November at Goodison Park.
# Big Sam
'I was sitting at home, probably feeling sorry for myself': Arnold boosted by Schmidt's call
The centre was reeling from the red card picked up in the loss to Ulster when a strange Dublin number popped up on his phone.
# a win is a win
'What is entertainment?' - Allardyce confident of staying as Everton manager
He has been criticised for his playing style by fans, but is remaining defiant at Goodison Park.
# Big Sam
Allardyce upset by Everton survey asking fans to rate his performance as manager
Big Sam isn’t happy.
# absentee
Big Sam will miss Everton's Europa League match due to a medical appointment
Everton face Apollon Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday.
# Round-Up
Big Sam off to winning start, Tottenham drop more points while Stoke earn crucial win
Elsewhere Alan Pardew earned a point in his first game as West Brom boss while Swansea are condemned to bottom of the Premier League.
# Proper football man
Struggling Everton are bringing in Big Sam to steady the ship
David Unsworth will be in charge for tonight’s league fixture with West Ham, however.
# Big Sam
Former England boss Allardyce admits interest in Everton and USA posts
The experienced coach said he would be open to holding talks regarding two vacant positions.
# out for 67
'It was a gut-wrencher that': Allardyce says Ferguson helped him get over pain of England debacle
The Palace boss also admits that he has not yet apologised to Roy Hodgson for mocking his speech impediment.
# allardici
Another great escape on for Big Sam as win takes Crystal Palace out of relegation zone
Middlesbrough replaced them in the bottom three following their 2-0 loss at Stoke this afternoon.
# Frenemies
From bogey team to just another game: How the Wenger and Allardyce rivalry is no more
The two managers have endured a frosty past but Wenger now appears to have backed his peer by calling him ‘intelligent’ and ‘competent’.
# Well read
Sympathy for Sam, KD is a villain and all this week's best sportswriting
Plus, Cruyff on Cruyff and a frightening tale of a pre-match fire.
# Out the door
'Entrapment has won on this occasion' - Big Sam admits 'error of judgment' after England sacking
The former Bolton and Sunderland boss hasn’t ruled out a return to football in the near future, however.
# stinger
Sam Allardyce loses England job after one game in charge, FA confirm
The former Sunderland boss was caught in a newspaper sting.
# Big Sam
Sam Allardyce scandal: FA to investigate allegations against England manager
The Telegraph says it has footage of the football manager negotiating a £400,000 deal.
# Sting
England manager Sam Allardyce filmed in newspaper sting
Allardyce met with undercover reporters, posing as businessmen from the Far East.
# Sam Old Story?
Big Sam's England bailed out by 95th-minute Adam Lallana winner
Underwhelming England get out of jail against Slovakia with last kick of the game.
# big sam allardici
Allardyce admits nerves ahead of first England game
The former Bolton boss is eager to be able to focus on the match against opponents the Three Lions failed to break down just a few weeks ago.
# big sam little change
Allardyce set to keep eight players from the side that lost to Iceland for his first game in charge
England take on Slovakia tomorrow night in a World Cup qualifier.
# road to russia
West Ham's Michail Antonio the only new name as Sam Allardyce names his first England squad
Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkely fail to make the 23-man selection.
# no no dandruff
Allardyce: I'll talk to Guardiola about Hart
The goalkeeper has been left out of Manchester City’s first games under the Spanish coach and the England boss is eager to discover the reason for it.
# Looking Back
His LOI background with Father Joe and more facts about incoming England boss Sam Allardyce
The experienced coach won the 1992 League of Ireland First Division title as player/manager of Limerick City.
# big man in town
From Limerick to the Three Lions: Big Sam to be named England boss imminently
The 61-year-old could be confirmed as early as tomorrow.
# In a hopeless place
Big Sam dancing to Rihanna in Marbella is the best thing you'll see today
The Sunderland boss has been busting a move on holidays.
# the safety dance
Big Sam Allardyce threatened to tear off his jacket in safety celebration
He had us worried there for a sec.
# Tweet Elite
Big Sam's a Beyonce fan, Frampton's pizza agony - it's the sporting tweets of the week
Bryan Sheehan, Jay Baruchel and Steve Collins also make the cut.
# Hitting Out
'It's diabolical. We're flogging the lads' - Big Sam not happy with midweek Premier League schedule
Sunderland face a Premier League clash four days after this weekend’s FA Cup tie.
# Stay Classy
Big Sam told he is out of job just seconds after the final whistle
West Ham aren’t renewing the 60-year-old’s contract and released a statement announcing the news this afternoon.
# England
In your Theatre of Dreams, Big Sam wants to be the Manchester United manager
The West Ham boss has revealed he’d love to sit in the home dugout at Old Trafford.