Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Who is Celebrity Apprentice contestant Sam Allardyce?

Here's all you need to know...

sam allardyce
Chloe Ash
Social Media Content Producer
March 7, 2019
Share this:

Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief will be hitting our screens on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March at 9pm on BBC One. Ten famous faces will enter the boardroom in a bid to raise as much money for Red Nose Day as possible. Amongst the stars is former football manager Sam Allardyce, who managed Premier League club Everton until May 2018.

Sam Allardyce clapping© Photo: Getty Images

The former manager will battle to win the competition for charity

The 64-year- old started his career playing for Bolton Wanderers after signing an apprenticeship withthe team at age 15, just before leaving school. The former professional player then went on to playfor Sunderland and Millwall before becoming captain for Coventry City. The football star alsomanaged West Ham United, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace and Everton.

READ MORE: When royals lose their tempers, from the Queen to Kate Middleton

The once-Bolton boss was famously fired from his position as England manager following aninvestigation by The Daily Telegraph where he was recorded explaining to undercover journalistshow to get around FA regulations in player transfers. Speaking about the incident with talkSPORThe explained: "It was very depressing for three or four months. I kept out of the public eye for a longtime and my wife and family kept me sane, because they're the most important thing." Following thecontroversy the captain began to manage Crystal Palace before moving to Everton.

The father-of-two met his wife Lynne Ward whilst playing in his early days at Bolton Wanderers,marrying in 1974 before their son Craig arrived in 1975. Four years later they welcomed daughterRachael into their family.

READ MORE: The Apprentice's Linda Plant reveals how she went from rags to Regent's Park

HELLO! have high hopes that the football manager will impress Sir Sugar, having run severalbusinesses in the past, including a social club and restaurant. Hopefully his business acumen will beup to standard and lead the boys' team to victory in the celebrity addition of The Apprentice.


The former England manager has two children

Fellow contestant Rylan Clark-Neal appeared on This Morning on Wednesday alongside Alan Sugar'said Claude Littner to discuss the upcoming show. The television personality, who was nominated asthe project manager of the boys' team explained the difficulty he faced during the task, ClaudeLittner seemed to agree, joking that Rylan was the "weak link". The business executive alsoexplained a key difference between the standard show and the celebrity version was the ability thatA-listers had to pull in favours from celebrity friends. HELLO! can't wait to see who was called uponto help in this charity competition!

Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.