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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2008, 18:21 GMT
Allardyce vows to resume career
Sam Allardyce
Allardyce says he will take a break from football
Sam Allardyce is eager to return to football following his departure from Newcastle on Wednesday after just eight months in charge at St James' Park.

"I'm going to take a break with my wife, come back and move on with my football career," the 53-year-old former Bolton boss said.

"There is no bitterness towards those in charge at the club (Newcastle).

"There is no point being bitter and twisted. It is disappointing, though. I don't know why they've done it now."

Allardyce's former assistant Phil Brown also believes Allardyce will bounce back.


"Someone who was one of the most promising a few years ago now finds himself out of work," Brown said.

"He'll want to prove everyone at Newcastle wrong by coming back and managing at the top level again."

Hull City boss Brown, who worked with Allardyce at Bolton and Blackpool, said he was confident he would have been successful at Newcastle given sufficient time.

"The Newcastle job was a big challenge for the man, and given time he would have cracked it, but that's history now," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"This season, eight managers in the Premier League have gone already.

"It's a ridiculous amount. It's becoming quite alarming and the pressure is frightening, but it's something we've got to live with.

"As Sam will admit, winning games is the only thing that keeps you in a job these days."

Alan Shearer
Shearer scored 206 goals in his time with Newcastle

Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid is a close friend of Allardyce and believes the Magpies board should have shown more patience.

"His net spending was about 7m in the summer and some people will say some of them might not have worked out but the length of time and backing he has been given is poor," Reid told BBC 5 Live.

"I've spoken to him. He's quite philosophical about it and it hasn't dented him in anyway. He's just disappointed he didn't get a chance to do the job the way he wanted to do it.

"There has got to be patience in football. We all want attacking football and to win with style - sometimes it takes a little bit of time to get that through."

Dean Saunders, who was assistant to Graeme Souness when he was Newcastle boss, said Allardyce's exit would make the task even bigger for whoever comes next.

"It's a shame because the people there are great and the fans are great but the next manager will be under even more pressure," he said.

"You don't want the club to become a laughing stock but it's getting that way."

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson believes English clubs are becoming as ruthless as their European counterparts with their hiring and firing of managers.

"Football is the same all over the world. If things go wrong, it is difficult to sack the players or the directors," said the Swede.

"So who gets the sack? The manager. It has always been like that.

"But it happens more often in England today than it did 10 years ago. We are becoming southern European in that way."

The fans' choice would clearly be former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, but he has no managerial experience and has publicly distanced himself from the role.

Another former Magpies player, Kevin Gallacher, said the board would face a big challenge matching the fans' levels of expectation if they could not get the popular choice.

"If Alan's not going to be there the board will have to go high to excite the crowd and get them going," he said.

"For the last month or so, they've been chanting his name, so they'll have to go for someone bigger than him in the market to get them going again."

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