Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce had this to say about retirement plans

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The Black Cats head coach still thinks he has a lot to offer at the highest level.

Sam Allardyce says he will not be retiring any time soon, even if Sunderland fail to escape relegation, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Rumours had circulated that the former West Ham United boss could give up on football if his side are demoted to the second tier of English football next month. However, the 61-year-old says he still has the energy and vigour to maintain a top managerial role.

Allardyce was appointed manager of Sunderland in October 2015, taking over from Dick Advocaat with the club languishing near the bottom of the table.

It has not been a simple fix at the Stadium of Light and with the Premier League season drawing ever closer to its climax, Allardyce finds himself in the mire of a relegation scrap.

One point from Norwich City below the safety line, the north east club have an advantage of one game in hand over their rivals.

As quoted in the Telegraph, Allardyce thinks he will not be standing down from his role in the near future, stating: “Retirement isn’t on the horizon, I don’t think so,” Allardyce said. “There is a lot to be talked about at the end of the season, but I’ve got a lot more to give. I’ve got no regrets about taking this job.

“I contemplated retirement. I rotated as a pundit at the start of the season, I didn’t think a job I wanted would come up as soon as it did. It caught me by surprise.

“I couldn’t say no to Sunderland. I was here as a player, I worked as a coach under Peter Reid and coming back here as a manager was not something I could turn down.”

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