Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace manager five months after he joined the Premier League club.
Allardyce, 62, replaced Alan Pardew in December on a two-and-half-year deal with the mandate to save the club from relegation. The club then was just a point above the relegation zone.
Big Sam, as he is fondly called, eventually led the club to eight wins in 21 games to guide them to a 14th-place finish.
In a statement announcing his retirement, Allardyce said: “I have no ambitions to take another job.
“I want to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.
“This is the right time for me. I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”
BBC Sport reports that Allardyce revealed his decision to chairman Steve Parish at a meeting in London on Tuesday. The Eagles are now looking for their eighth manager in seven years.
Allardyce has in the past managed Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle and West Ham. He had an ill-fated one match spell as England coach before he left unceremoniously following a scandal.