Newcastle United FC have parted company with Sam Allardyce by "mutual agreement" after their manager of only eight months failed to lift the north-east team out of the bottom half of the Premier League.
Allardyce's arrival from Bolton Wanderers FC last May had appeared to herald a revival for a side that finished 13th last season. However, despite significant summer spending, Allardyce has been unable to achieve consistent results and now departs St James' Park less than a year into his three-year contract.
The 53-year-old said in an official club statement: "I am disappointed to be leaving Newcastle United but I wish the club all the best for the remainder of the season and for the future." First-team coach Nigel Pearson takes caretaker control ahead of Saturday's match at Manchester United FC.
Newcastle occupy eleventh position in the English table, with seven wins from 21 games. Allardyce had been appointed successor to Glenn Roeder just a fortnight after he ended his eight-year reign at Bolton Wanderers – whom he had guided to UEFA Cup qualification in two of his last three seasons at the Reebok Stadium. He had left Bolton citing a desire to win a trophy. Newcastle's own appetite for success may have been his undoing – they are without silverware since winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup of 1969 and last lifted a domestic honour in 1955.
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