Samuel "Sam" Allardyce (born 19 October 1954), known as "Big Sam", is an English football manager and former professional player who is manager of Premier League club Sunderland.
Allardyce made 578 league and cup appearances in a 21-year career spent mostly in the Football League, as well as brief spells in the North American Soccer League and League of Ireland. A strong central defender, he had good awareness, heading skills and anticipation.
Moving into management, he took charge of Irish club Limerick in 1991, leading the club to the League of Ireland First Division title in 1991–92. He returned to England to coach at Preston North End, also serving briefly as caretaker-manager. He took up his first permanent management role in England at Blackpool in July 1994, but was sacked after two years having narrowly failed to achieve promotion. He spent January 1997 to October 1999 in charge at Notts County, taking them to the Third Division title in 1997–98. He then returned to Bolton Wanderers as manager, leading the club to promotion out of the First Division via the play-offs in 2001, as well as a League Cup final and UEFA Cup qualification. Following a spell at Newcastle United from May 2007 to January 2008, Allardyce managed Blackburn Rovers for a two-year spell from December 2008. He was appointed West Ham United manager in June 2011, leading the club to promotion out of the Championship via the play-offs in 2012, before leaving West Ham in May 2015 after criticism from fans over his playing style. He was appointed Sunderland manager in October 2015 and saved the club from relegation.
Allardyce has been labelled as a long ball manager by some analysts, though has disputed this perception as "totally and utterly wrong". He takes a modern, technology and statistics centered approach to tactics and coaching, and has been praised for his organisational and man-management skills.
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Date of Birth (Current Age)
Oct 19, 1954 (62)
Place of Birth
Dudley, England, United Kingdom
Licenses and Qualifications
N/A - AIFF/AFCA/UEFA
Honours and Awards
Football League Second Division - 1977–78 (Player)
Football League Fourth Division PFA Team of the Year - 1986–87 (Player)
League of Ireland First Division - 1991–92 (Coach)
Football League Third Division - 1997–98 (Coach)
Football League First Division play-offs - 2001 (Coach)
Football League Championship play-offs - 2012 (Coach)
Premier League Manager of the Month - August 2001, November 2003, January 2004, December 2006, February 2014, October 2014 (Coach)