Big sam. Sam Allardyce

Speed and Hierro went into midfield, while international was played at centre-back after arriving on a free transfer from ; he was played alongside another new arrival, defender , who was recommended by Allardyce's son Craig He was replaced by one of his coaches, , whose agent was a highly influential figure with the Venky family
I walked out of there with £10,000, no job, and desperately worried that my reputation would be damaged forever Teenager was also promoted from the youth team, whilst 35-year-old defender arrived on loan

He made his debut eleven days later, in a 2—1 defeat to.

Sam Allardyce
Allardyce was offered the chance to join , but instead joined after being persuaded by manager , who promised to make Allardyce the backbone of his team
Sam Allardyce
The Bolton under-18s were very successful, winning the Lancashire Youth Cup and reaching the quarter-finals of the , and Allardyce quickly rose through the B-team into the A-team
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Despite being in the bottom half of the table when he took over, Bolton reached the Division One play-offs, losing to , and had an eventful run to the and semi-finals, only missing out on the after a penalty shoot-out defeat to
He was interviewed for the position and was told by FA Chief Executive that the final choice would be between him and McClaren, however the FA eventually decided to give the job to McClaren The move reunited him with , his former centre-half partner at Bolton
Managerial career Early career Allardyce was hired as a player-coach by at in February 1989 Ten games into the season, however, Chapman was sacked and Allardyce was appointed

Over the course of the season a total of 25 players left the club while 19 were signed.

Sam Allardyce
After his season in Ireland, Allardyce returned to England for the start of the season to coach at under
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Chairman , while he was in a prison cell, sacked Allardyce shortly after the play-off defeat
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However the season proved difficult, and manager Greaves was sacked as the club went seven months without a league victory, whilst his replacement was unable to steer the club away from relegation and a last-place finish