Big Sam's final set of options in this Bottom At Christmas series included one standout team as West Ham propped up the Premier League with just 12 points.
After last season's dismal conclusion, Big Sam was keen for a bit of Bundesliga redemption. So he decided to take over at 1. FC Union Berlin, who were very lucky to survive in 2024.
Six months on from Saints glory, Big Sam holidayed ahead, spent a few months in the Caribbean topping up his tan and was now ready to discover the second team in this FM Experiment.
This year, we're bringing the Bottom At Christmas experiment back but on a bigger scale, with leagues in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain available to choose from. First up, is Southampton!
Big Sam Allardyce got his first taste of failure and relegation as his beleaguered Blackburn Rovers dropped into the Championship with barely a whimper in the 2023/24 campaign. However, there was no time to hang around as we simmed ahead to Christmas Day 2024 to discover the fourth task on this Football Manager Experiment.
The survival specialist skills of Big Sam Allardyce were once again proven as he pulled off a minor miracle to keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League in 2022/23. But his finest work yet would be required after simming ahead to Christmas 2023.
Big Sam Allardyce confirmed his legendary status as a survival specialist as his rather hazardous January spending kept Norwich City in the Premier League in 2021/22. But now he had to do it all over again!