By 90Min
October 03, 2017

Sam Allardyce had the chance to become manager of the Turkish national team after he walked away from Crystal Palace.

The 62-year-old stunned everybody by quitting Selhurst Park after keeping them in the Premier League at the end of last season, and it later came out it was over fears for his health.

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His decision appears to have a terrible effect on the Eagles, who recently fired Frank de Boer after just four games to replace him with Roy Hodgson. They have lost every game of the new season so far and are yet to score a goal.

Big Sam may have quit over health fears, but it didn't stop the Turkish FA from enquiring about his services - they sacked Fatih Terim after video footage emerged of him fighting with a restaurant owner, as reported by Sky Sports.

Allardyce has stressed that he has no current desire to return to football following his decline of the offer, and is happy taking things easy away from the game.

He said: "[I'm not missing it] at all at the moment. I think my life is very active in talking about football. I've just recently been to Kuala Lumpur doing some TV stuff with Steve McManaman and I've come back and will be with Jim White on talkSPORT."


Turkey instead chose to hire Mircea Lucescu as their manager after it became clear Allardyce wasn't to be tempted, and he will be tasked with guiding them to the World Cup next summer in Russia - they currently sit third in their qualifying group.

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