LMA to induct Sam Allardyce into LMA 1000 Club and Hall of Fame

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Friday 19th January 2018

The League Managers Association (LMA) has issued the following statement to congratulate Sam Allardyce on his induction into the LMA 1000 Club and Hall of Fame.

Sam becomes only the 31st manager in the modern era of English football to have reached the landmark of 1000 competitive matches. He will reach this milestone on the 20th January when Everton face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Sam’s professional football management career began with a promising spell as caretaker manager of Preston North End in 1992, having previously been player-manager of Limerick in the League of Ireland First Division. His first full-time appointment came shortly after as Sam took charge of Blackpool in July 1994. His next managerial role was at relegation bound Division Two side Notts County. In Sam’s first full season in charge he masterminded a resurgence in form, leading County to the Division Three title by March.

October 1999 saw Sam return to the club where he began his playing career, Bolton Wanderers. A club which Sam propelled to the Premier League and established himself as one of England’s most innovative and industrious managers.

A mainstay of the English elite clubs for the past two decades, Sam’s ability to build and sustain competitive teams in the Premier League, including Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland, led to him being appointed as England manager in July 2016.

Sam returned to club football with Crystal Palace and successfully steered the club away from relegation before announcing his decision to retire from football management at the end of the 2016/17 season. However, the lure of Everton Football Club was too great and in November 2017, Sam returned to the Premier League and in doing so, reached the 1000 game milestone in football management and confirmed his place amongst the managerial greats of his generation.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, paying tribute to Sam’s achievement, said: “I am delighted to induct Sam into the LMA Hall of Fame and 1000 Club and recognise his exceptional career to date. Anyone who manages at the top level for as long as Sam, knows of the sacrifices required of a modern day football manager and Sam is a manager who has given nothing less than 100% at every club he has represented. His steady climb from player manager at Limerick to jobs in each of the four English leagues clearly demonstrates his commitment to learning, his desire to improve and his resilience.

“In his role as an LMA Committee member, Sam has embodied the very best of football management and coaching, he has championed the success of his peers and he has been a valued member of the association and will continue to be so for many years to come. I thank him for his input over the past 20 years and wish him the absolute best in his future career with Everton Football Club.”

Sir Alex Ferguson added: “I would like to welcome my good friend Sam into the LMA’s Hall of Fame and 1000 Club. It is an extraordinary milestone, one that takes an amazing amount of resilience and dedication to reach.

“Sam has been one of the country’s most forward thinking managers with the ability to get the very best out of his teams throughout the years, which makes him a top coach and a great leader. I’m so pleased he is to receive the recognition for all he has done as a manager and I congratulate him whole heartedly for this achievement.”

In advance of his 1000th game, Sam Allardyce said: “I am thrilled to have reached this memorable milestone and very proud to join some of the greats of football management in the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club. I really didn’t expect this to happen when I retired at the end of last season. I have had a marvellous career so far and look forward to the challenge of adding to this number of games in the future.”

The LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club is a celebration of success and longevity. In a profession where time can often be an all too rare commodity, 1000 Club members have exhibited an enduring quality, achieving a truly prodigious amount.

Notes to editors:
LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club Members:

– Sam Allardyce
– Carlo Ancelotti
– Len Ashurst
– Ron Atkinson
– Dave Bassett
– Rafa Benitez
– Alan Buckley
– Sir Matt Busby CBE
– Brian Clough OBE
– Steve Coppell
– Sven-Göran Eriksson
– Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
– Dario Gradi MBE
– Roy Hodgson
– Brian Horton
– Lennie Lawrence
– Lawrie McMenemy MBE
– Tony Pulis
– Claudio Ranieri
– Harry Redknapp
– Sir Bobby Robson CBE
– Joe Royle
– Denis Smith
– Jim Smith
– Alec Stock
– Graham Taylor OBE
– John Toshack MBE
– Graham Turner
– Neil Warnock
– Arsène Wenger OBE
– Danny Wilson