Allardyce seeks new fortunes in Middle East
Published 23:00 14/12/10 By Alan Nixon
Sam Allardyce will head for the sun today and go in search of Arab gold - turning his back on English football for the time being.
The stunned and sacked former Blackburn Rovers chief is catching a flight to Dubai to his retreat in the desert, with some TV work lined up and putting himself on the market for a job in the Middle East.
Allardyce is shocked by the decision of Blackburn's new Indian owners to axe him so quickly and he will resist any offers to come back quickly as he looks for work in the booming Arab game.
The experienced boss had been close to taking the post at Al Ahly in the summer when he was priced out of the lucrative move because of the compensation figure in his contract.
Allardyce was happy to head off and earn some tax-free fortune at that stage because he felt the previous Rovers regime had little money to spend - and he feared it could cost him his job.
Now the new owners have swept in and swept him out. And Allardyce's first response was to book a trip to the winter sun and see what vacancies are coming up.
Allardyce may become a wanted man in England because of his renowned skills in turning clubs round, but pals say he is disillusioned by the Rovers sack and would be happy to take up a new project.
Although Allardyce was linked with the Three Lions national job when Fabio Capello tipped him last week, but that will not come up soon - and he is also behind Harry Redknapp in the race.
So Allardyce will try to get some money in his pocket, sun on his back and a new conquest or two on his CV in the near future as he goes into exile.