Sam allarydce is one of the most respected managers in the premier league.He started his playing career at Bolton Fc before ending at Preston North end.He is not known alot as a player but his managerial record is good.He is known for managing teams out of the relegation zone.He also has a remarkable record of not relegated from the premier league.This is an excellent record considering many teams he took over were either languishing at the bottom half of the premier league or certained for the drop.
Big sam started his career at Bolton Wanderers as a defender,so you can guess where he adopted his style of play.All clubs he has managed have blossomed under him but failed terribly either when he resigned or sacked.He was in charge of bolton wanderers when they were promoted from division one in 2001.Who knew about Bolton wanderers at the time?Not many people.
Sam allayrdce has also been in charge of West ham united where he was critisized alot because of his style of play.At one time Mourinho labelled his style of play as boring 19th century of football after Westham drew with Chelsea 0-0.And two years after Sam allarydce left Westham,they are a shadow of their former selves.See Sam allarydce is a manager who relies on set pieces and long balls.This is where the team parks the bus for long periods and allows the opposition to tire while passing the ball around edges of your box.Make a mistake and lose possession and you will be caught unaware by a swift counter attack.He has been criticized by many pundits but also praised by others for training his team for the set pieces and organization at the back.
He later took over Sunderland and at the time they were in 19th position but they famously survived the drop.On December big sam was appointed Crystal palace’s manager and he has surely turned palace’s fortunes around.In his short managerial stint he has outclassed Arsenal,he also ended Chelsea’s wonderful run at the bridge.In the Chelsea game they came behind from a goal to beat chelsea 2-1 in the frenzy first 15 minutes of the match,after that he parked the bus for the rest of the match and chelsea were unable to penetrate the defense.Against Liverpool,Palace were in dreamland after they outshined liverpool at anfield,considering anfield is a fortress.Interestingly all clubs that big sam has managed and sacked or resigned thereafter are below his current club.Westham are in 14th place,newcastle in the championship,sunderland are in a dog fight for survival which seems impossible,Blackpool are also in the championship while Bolton Wanderers are in the third-tier of english football so you can clearly see the ‘Big sam effect’.
And with 4 games remaining with palace 2 points behind the notional 40 points to avoid relegation,Palace look destined for survival.The man behind this is none other than Sam allarydce the manager who seems to find a way for his clubs to avoid the drop.So love him or hate him,Big sam is the man!