Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish contacted him regarding the possibility of him taking back his old job as the club’s manager in the wake of Frank de Boer’s sacking.

However, Allardyce, who resigned at the end of last season told his former employer that he wasn’t ready to return to managing in the Premier League.

Palace took the decision to sack De Boer after just four league games, four games which they lost without scoring a single goal and Allardyce was one of the men contacted about possibly replacing the Dutchman.

It has been reported that another former England manager, Roy Hodgson, has been offered the job at Selhurst Park on a two-year deal but it is unclear if he was the club’s second choice or if the contact with Allardyce was simply part of the board drawing up a list of potential candidates.