DISGRACED England football manager Sam Allardyce has escaped to his villa in Spain after being forced to resign.
He was spotted on the balcony of his Costa Blanca home, ‘Big Sam’s Villa’, a day after he left the top job.
His life-long friend David Ingham, 81, and his wife Pat arrived to cheer up the 61-year-old, who is said to be ‘sad’ and ‘very hurt’.
Asked how long the former England boss would be staying at his villa in Benidorm, Ingham said: “It could be two weeks, two months. He’s got time on his hands now.
He added: “I’ve known Sam for 40 years since he was a young Bolton player and he’s a lovely man with a high moral compass.
“He’s being painted as a greedy money grabber but that’s not the man I know. He’s a great guy.”
Allardyce’s wife Lynn is also staying at the villa while he ‘reflects’ on his career disaster.
He was forced to resign on Tuesday night after chasing a €460,000 deal to top up his salary while offering advice on bypassing transfer rules.
His villa is a spacious hillside property which features a carved stone sign in the shape of a football which reads, ‘Big Sam’s Villa’.