Profile: Sam Allardyce

One of the most respected and experienced managers in English football, Sam Allardyce has taken charge of almost 500 Premier League matches during 15 seasons in the top-flight.
Renowned for his ability to get the best out of players, he is also a forward-thinking manager, pioneering in his use of innovative technology and analysis tools to enhance team performance.
After a playing career as a centre-back at clubs including Bolton, Sunderland, Millwall and Preston, as well as a short spell in the USA with Tampa Bay Rowdies, Allardyce’s first stint in the dugout was as player-manager of Limerick where he led the club to the League of Ireland First Division title in his first campaign in 1991/92.
Two seasons in charge at Blackpool followed, with Allardyce steering the Tangerines to a third-place finish, missing out on automatic promotion on the final day before being beaten in the play-off semi-finals.
He became manager of Notts County in January 1997, leading the Magpies in his maiden full season to the Division Three title and breaking several national records along the way, including winning the league by a 17-point margin and becoming the first post-war side to gain promotion in March.
Allardyce’s achievements at Meadow Lane led to him becoming Bolton manager in October 1999 where he turned the Trotters from Division One strugglers into a strong, competitive Premier League team, reaching a League Cup final and qualifying for Europe for the first time in the club’s history.
Allardyce’s standing as one of the top managers in the country led to spells at Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland before he was appointed England manager in July 2016.

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