Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sammy Lee teams up with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace

Sammy Lee has joined the backroom staff at Crystal Palace
Sammy Lee has joined the backroom staff at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have appointed Sammy Lee as their new assistant manager, the Premier League club have announced.

Lee has joined the coaching staff at Selhurst Park, reuniting with new Palace boss Sam Allardyce, who he worked under during their time at Bolton from 2005 until 2007.

The 57-year-old has also enjoyed coaching spells with the England national team as well as roles at Liverpool and Southampton at the end of last season.

Allardyce was delighted to welcome Lee back to his management set-up and told the club's official website: "I am looking forward to once again working with Sammy.

"It was great working with him at Bolton and he is someone who has a wealth of experience both at club and international level over the years as well."

Lee insists the decision to reunite with Allardyce was a straightforward one.

"Very much so," Lee said. "I didn't need to take any time to think about it. As soon as he asked, (there was) no problem.

"We (the Palace squad) have an abundance of talent and obviously this season has been a little bit different for them. A bit difficult but there's plenty of talent, there's plenty of quality. We just need to get them up and going again.

"I'm fairly hands on. I like to interact with the players, and hopefully bring the best out of them because I know for a fact that they'll bring the best out of me."

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