Allardyce rules out Palace return

12 September 2017 05:01:09 EST

Sam Allardyce insists he is not interested in returning to Crystal Palace following the departure of Frank de Boer on Monday.

The former Ajax and Inter Milan boss was axed after spending only 77 days in charge at Selhurst Park.

Palace chairman Steve Parish decided to act in the wake of Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley - a result that meant the Eagles had lost their first four Premier League matches of the campaign and had failed to score in any of them.

Allardyce succeeded Alan Pardew in the Palace hot-seat midway through last season and guided the club away from the relegation zone.

Another former England manager, Roy Hodgson, is being linked with the vacancy, while Allardyce said: "Just to make it clear for everybody and to stop the speculation, I spoke to Steve [Parish] just before I got here and said that, for me, I wouldn't be ready to come back.

"I've made a decision and I wouldn't feel comfortable taking any position as a football manager as I'm enjoying my life at the moment, watching everyone else [dealing] with the pressures of the Premier League.

"There's certainly huge pressure - more than ever in the Premier League - as we can see by Frank losing his job.

"I told him what I was thinking: that at this moment in time, if I was offered the job, I wouldn't want to go back in."

Palace, 19/10 to beat Southampton this weekend, are 4/5 to be relegated this season.

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