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Allardyce plans sabbatical after West Ham exit

Sam Allardyce is to take an extended break from football after parting company with West Ham.

The Hammers confirmed within minutes of the final whistle in the club's final-day 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Newcastle that the 60-year-old's contract would not be renewed, ending his four-year reign at Upton Park.

Sam Allardyce won't be looking for a quick return to work. Credit: PA

Asked if he planned to be back in work by August, he said: "No, I'm looking for a break well beyond that.

"Recharging your batteries - if and when you come back if you have recharged your batteries, you are much better prepared to carry on doing the job at this level of football.

"It depends whether it's a year or whether it falls around Christmas time, or whoever might fall into trouble, whatever job you fancy doing.

"It's not just a job I'm after, it's he right job if it comes along. I certainly won't be doing that in the next few weeks. You can never say never, but I can't see myself in charge of another football club for the start of next season."

Advocaat to make quick decision on Sunderland future

Dick Advocaat plans to make a swift decision over whether he accepts Sunderland's offer of a new contract after guiding the Black Cats to Premier League survival.

The Dutchman, who revealed the offer on Friday, said a two or three-year contract was on the table following Sunday's 3-1 loss at Chelsea.

Dick Advocaat kept Sunderland up. Credit: PA

"I have to be honest to myself and to everybody about what I will do for the future," said Advocaat, who was emotional after sealing survival with Wednesday night's goalless draw at Arsenal.

"They offered me already two or three years."

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