It’s been coming for the last 24 hours, and now it seems that the deal for Sam Allardyce to take over at Crystal Palace has been done.
Sky Sports News are reporting that the deal has been done and the former England manager will take over on a two-and-a-half year contract.
His first priority will of course be securing the survival of the club, given their position in the Premier League.
This is obviously a show of faith in the manager by Palace – not in terms of his ability, something that has never really been in question, but in terms of his character, given that was what cost him the England job initially.
For Allardyce himself, it will probably just be a welcome opportunity to get back into football and start to rebuild his character and reputation.
Keeping Palace in the Premier League and moving them up the table would obviously be a huge way to begin doing that.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Sam Allardyce has agreed to become new Crystal Palace manager on two-and-a-half-year deal. https://t.co/jWG6KjvyDx
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) December 23, 2016