Allardyce: I’m stronger after axe

Sam Allardyce has said how he is a ‘stronger man’ following his disappointing experience as England manager during which he was sacked after just 67 days.

Allardyce, who was fired after getting caught up in a newspaper sting that saw him offer advice on how to circumvent FA rules on player transfers, is back managing in the Premier League and will take charge of Crystal Palace in their game at Watford on Monday just days after replacing Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.

Talking to Sky Sports, Allardyce said that although he was surprised to be offered a new opportunity so quickly, he is a better man for his England experience.

“I’m probably a better man for the experience. In adversity you have to become stronger and make sure you don’t make those mistakes again so you learn from it,” said Allardyce.

“When you’re sacked as a manager you have to look at what you did wrong, look at yourself and don’t blame other people.”

He added that he hoped he could continue to be a success and maintain his record of never having been relegated from the Premier League.

“I didn’t think anything would come until perhaps the new year but like I’ve said I’m ready for it and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Everybody sees I’m good at this from the past track record and hopefully I can deliver again.”

“If we get recruitment right, the atmosphere right and the players here play to their full potential, we should get out of trouble. But there is no guarantee of that.”

“Part of this job is finding quickly what the faults are making them better. It’s very important to establish that as quickly as possible,” he said.