In English football, there are those who have been a part of the sport for so long that their name is now synonymous to the sport in the country. and Sam Allardyce is one of such names. He has been an active member of the sport from his playing days where he spent 21 years as a professional footballer before moving into management where he has spent over 20 years as a manager.
His career has been a mixture of excellence and failures with a track record of leaving a noteworthy impact on his teams. Who is Sam Allardyce? Learn more about him by reading below.
Sam Allardyce’s Bio
Sam Allardyce was born in Dudley on the 19th of October 1954 to Scottish parents with a father who was a policeman. He was born into a family of three, with Sam the youngest of his two siblings – an older brother and sister. For his education, he attended Sycamore Green Primary School and graduated from Moon Hill School. As a child, Sam was discovered to be dyslexic.
As a young boy in a country so passionate about football, Sam Allardyce keyed into the culture at an early age. He played for the semi-professional team in his hometown, Dudley Town. While at Dudley Town, he achieved the dream of many young boys at the age of 15 when he was signed by Bolton Wanderers, a club that would later be one of the vehicles for some of the iconic moments in his career. He played for the Bolton Wanderers Youth Team, winning a couple of honors with the team before signing his first professional contract on his 17th birthday.
Allardyce played his first match for the senior team at the age of 19, playing in his team’s loss in a League Cup match. After his debut, he went on to play for Bolton Wanderers 227 times, scoring 26 times and spending a total of seven seasons at the club. He was signed by Sunderland after leaving Bolton, where he spent just a season before moving to Millwall where he spent a further two seasons.
He had a brief stint in America, playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, before he returned to England and played for Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and a couple more. Throughout his playing career, he played a total of 578 games, scoring 42 times. His individual honors as a player including helping his team win the English second division in 1978 and being named in the fourth division PFA Team of the Year in 1987.
After retiring partially in 1989, Sam was appointed as a player-manager for West Bromwich Albion. He started his coaching career with the team and made his way onto other clubs like Limerick and Preston North End, in a similar arrangement as player-manager.
He became a full-time manager with Blackpool and helped Blackpool to within an inch of promotion to the First Division in the 1995-1996 season. Since he became a full-time manager, Sam Allardyce managed teams like Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Notts County, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and the national team, England. He spent the longest period in a managerial position at Bolton Wanderers, where he was a former player. He managed over 300 games for the team.
As a manager, Sam Allardyce has helped himself to successes like winning the Ireland First Division in 92, England’s third division in 1998, First Division playoffs in 2001 and Championship playoffs in 2012. Individually, he has been named Premier League manager of the Month several times. In total, he has been able to manage 1034 matches for 11 club teams and a single game for the national team.
Net Worth: What is He Worth?
Sam has been in football for over forty years and as such has been able to build a significant net worth through his earnings as both a player and a manager. Sam Allardyce is also an entrepreneur who has investments in multiple businesses, including a piano bar, restaurant, and social club. He reportedly has a net worth of $10 million.
Is He Married? Wife
Sam Allardyce has been married to his wife, Lynne Ward since 1974. He met his wife while he was a youth team player for Bolton Wanderers and has been in a relationship with her ever since. The couple has had their long union blessed with two children – Craig in 1975 and Rachael in 1979. His son, Craig Allardyce is a football agent after retiring as a footballer.
Career Achievements And Other Facts About Sam Allardyce
Making a name for yourself as a manager after years of being an active footballer is an achievement worth celebrating. Sam Allardyce has been able to achieve this, managing over 1000 games over the course of his career thus far, including the honor of being the manager of his country’s national team.
He also has the reputation of being the go-to manager for saving teams from reputation. He is also a published author with his autobiography going in print in 2015.
In 2016, Sam Allardyce was sacked after being in charge for only 67 days and playing just one game (which he won) as England manager. This followed some reports of alleged fraudulent practices by him in the game. He was replaced by Gareth Southgate.
He was also accused of taking bribes by a BBC documentary in 2006.
Sam Allardyce has a reputation for long ball tactics and he is an avid supporter of sports science.