Sam Allardyce headed to Spain to take himself out of the spotlight for England's clash v Lithuania
He is understood to have headed for his holiday hideaway in Spain last week to keep an understandably low profile and ponder what for him has been a bittersweet few days.
Bitter because as he watches England take their expected stroll agains Lithuania today he wouldn't be human if he didn't still feel miffed at losing the manager's job he had coveted for most of his career after what appeared to be a sordid newspaper sting.
Sweet because when he heads back to Crystal Palace tomorrow it will be to a lead a resurgent side that, after three back-to-back wins, now looks much more likely to survive in the Premier League than they did when he took over from Alan Pardew late last year.
Some might say the Football Association acted hastily in giving big Sam a golden handshake after just one game in charge and his apparent 'entrapment' by an undercover reporter and cameraman.
The larger-than-life gaffer who has managed a record six Premier League teams in his time remains saddened by what happened and the embarrassment it caused.
Sam Allardyce has wished Gareth Southgate well in his future endeavours with England
There is also a touch of irony in the fact that he was subsequently replaced by Gareth Southgate, a fans favourite for seven years at the club Allardyce now manages.
But the big man, prevented from saying what he really feels by the restrictions of a confidentiality agreement which was part of his lucrative severance deal with the FA, is sincere when he says: "I would like to wish Gareth and all the rest of the England lads the very best."
It's doubtful if an England side under Sam Allardyce would have played like they did in Germany last week. But that, as they say, is now history as he prepares to show the powers to be what they missed by leading Palace towards another season in the Premier League.
There is no doubt Allardyce feels deep down that he has a big character point to prove after what he describes as "one of my darkest moments."
But he added: "Eventually time passes by, you overcome those adversities and you move on."
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Sam Allardyce will do everything he can to keep Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace
Now he has ten more games to preserve his record of never being relegated – and ensure that star turn Wilfried Zaha doesn't move across London to Spurs in the summer.
Allardyce is expected to have a serious heart to heart with chairman Steve Parish later week to get some assurances about Zaha and others plans he has in mind to make Palace a Premier League force.
The manager has made no secret of his belief that strengthening his defence will be a top priority, and he is already targeting at least one player who could help in that direction.
Talks are believed to be in place with Napoli defender Ivan Strinic, who is looking for a move after making just eight Serie A appearances this season.
Napoli are understood to be prepared to sell the 29-year-old Croatian for rather less than the £5million they paid Dprino for him less than two years ago.