You can imagine it now, Sam Allardyce sitting in a dark room, whiskey in one hand regretting how he lost the England job.
Poor Big Sam.
The phone rings, Sam answers and it’s Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish. He says: “Sam, how would like the Palace job?”
Sam replies: “I’d love it, but what about slick moves Alan Pardew?”
Parish replies with a grin on his face: “Lets just say he’s not dancing anymore, come on Sam save our club!” And just like that, Big Sam is back at his best.
But he’s got a monster of task on his hands if he is going to keep Crystal Palace up, so we took to Football Manager to see if Big Sam can do what he’s best at – and steer teams clear of the relegation zone.
What’s the tactics?
Big Sam employs a 4-3-1-2 tactic – being direct and keeping it tight the main aims to keep the Eagles in the Premier League. Loic Remy and Wilfried Zaha are preferred up front, there’s no room for big summer signing Christian Benteke nor Andros Townsend.
Does Big Sam strike again?
Yes – but it’s much tighter than he would of liked it be. Crystal Palace are in the relegation zone going into the final day of the season.
With Everton, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Sunderland all facing the drop going into the final day of the season, does Big Sam pull off the great escape? The Eagles play Watford on the final day of the season.
Dropped to the subs bench by Big Sam, Belgian striker Christian Benteke grabs a massive three points for Palace on the final day of the season. Is it enough to keep the Eagles in the Premier League?
A massive sigh of relief for Palace and Big Sam. He strikes again and I’m sure he’ll be dancing into the night again!
Here’s Big Sam’s record from his first game, on the 2nd January. Palace’s first win in 10 ensures their Premier League status!
Thanks for reading this Football Manager experiment, we’ll be back soon with more experiments!