Crystal Palace have confirmed that Sam Allardyce has left the club.
Ex-Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce
Crystal Palace have announced that manager Sam Allardyce will not only be leaving the club, but he has no intention of managing again.
The Eagles swooped to land Allardyce as their new manager in December 2016 following Alan Pardew's departure, handing 'Big Sam' a return to football following his acrimonious departure from the England job in September.
General view of Selhurst Park
Allardyce initially started slowly at Selhurst Park, but he masterminded wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to save the club from relegation, ending the season with a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
Many expected Allardyce to rebuild Palace this summer, but instead he has decided to call it quits on his time in South London, and in management altogether in a shock move.
Bookmakers are pricing up odds for who could replace Allardyce in the Palace dugout, and here are the current frontrunners, as provided by Oddschecker...
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini looks dejected
Roberto Mancini: Evens
Mancini hasn't been seen in English football since leaving Manchester City in 2013, but he has taken charge of Galatasaray and Inter Milan. The 52-year-old Italian, who guided City to the Premier League title in 2012, was a popular figure in English football during his time with City, and has now been cut to as short as Evens for the Palace job, making him the clear favourite to replace Allardyce.
Marco Silva: 17/10
Portuguese boss Silva earned huge praise for giving Hull a chance of Premier League survival following his arrival in January, but he couldn't stop the Tigers from suffering relegation. The 39-year-old now looks set to leave the KCOM Stadium this summer, and he is now the second favourite to become the new Crystal Palace manager with odds as short as 17/10.
Hull City manager Marco Silva
Roy Hodgson: 4/1
69-year-old Hodgson lost his job as England boss last summer following the embarrassing 2-1 Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland, and hasn't returned to management since. Hodgson has Premier League experience with Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom and may fancy one last crack at the top flight, with odds of 4/1 this evening putting him right in contention for the Crystal Palace job.
Claudio Ranieri: 8/1
Another Italian Premier League winner, Ranieri masterminded Leicester's stunning title win in 2016, but lost his job less than a year later. Ranieri may well have plenty of offers this summer having impressed in his first season with Leicester, and he's moved out to 8/1 for the Palace job this evening. Given the way his time at Leicester ended, this could be a real risk for Palace - one that chairman Steve Parish may not be willing to make.
Chris Coleman: 14/1
A former Crystal Palace defender, it's no surprise to see Coleman in the running for the job. However, Coleman was favourite on Tuesday night, and has now drifted out to fifth favourite at 14/1. The Wales boss starred at Euro 2016 by leading his country to the semi-finals, but he hasn't managed a club since leaving Greek side Larissa in January 2012, meaning this would be another huge risk for Palace despite his ties to the club.
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