“When he got the job after Claudio Ranieri left I rang him and welcomed him to the mad house of management,” said Allardyce.
“Because that’s what it is, its mad, mad, mad, and you have to be mad to do it. My life has been bonkers for the last year or so.
“I’ve gone from Sunderland and plotting to make them better, to the England job which I never thought would come my way again, to chairman Steve Parrish asking me to come and do a job at Palace, to where we are now. Never mind my autobiography, the last 18 month would have made a hell of a book.”
Allardyce wanted Shakespeare to be among his back room team for England, but Big Sam lasted only one game before being sacked by the FA following a newspaper sting.
“We will have a drink but as for talking about what might have been, that’s long gone,” said Allardyce. “My ship has sailed…it’s somewhere in the Atlantic now, or the Pacific.”
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Sam Allardyce admits the last year of his career has been hectic
Allardyce is moving Palace away from relegation danger, while Shakespeare replaced Ranieri, instantly halting Leicester’s slide into trouble.
“My wife thinks I’m mad absolutely that I can’t leave it alone,” said Allardyce. “But she has been the backbone of my career when I’ve put myself through all the trials and tribulations.
“Then you get results like we did against Chelsea and Arsenal and you realise why you do it.”
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Shakespeare insists Allardyce had no need to apologise over the dramatic end to their England careers.
He holds no grudge towards despite Allardyce being sacked after just one game in charge of the national team.
“I didn’t think he needed to apologise,” said Shakespeare, who was first-team coach for Allardyce’s one game in charge against Slovakia.
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“He made contact with me and thanked me for my time and I didn’t really see the need for him to apologise.
“He was really impressive in the short time I had with him.
“If ever I need some advice, with the experience he’s got he definitely would be one of the people I’d turn to.
“He’s told me to enjoy it the best I can but he’s told me about the sleepless nights.”
Today, Shakespeare will not gamble on captain Wes Morgan’s fitness to solve his Champions League defensive crisis.
Shakespeare has ruled Morgan out of the Palace game and says he will not rush Morgan back to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday despite fellow defender Robert Huth being suspended.
“We will only put him in if ready,” said Shakespeare.