Bolton News Balls Special: Did Big Sam Allardyce quit Bolton to go to Man City?

Ollie Irish

30th, April 2007


73488526.jpgFrom Big Sam to Little Sam in one complicated move…

The Big Sam Timeline:

Big Sam quits, with chairman Phil Gartside citing ‘personal reasons’ for his manager’s shock departure.
Little Sammy Lee is appointed the new Bolton boss.
Unfounded rumours that Sam actually left Bolton so he could manage Man City displease Gartside, who would be ‘none too pleased’ to see Allardyce take over from Stuart Pearce.
Big Sam pooh-poohs such talk. There, hope that’s cleared that up.
Big Sam did a fine job during his eight years with Bolton. Appointing Sammy Lee will at least provide continuity at the club, but I don’t see it as a progressive move and I confidently predict now that Bolton will finish worse-off next season than they do this season.

Posted in Bolton Wanderers, Man City, Transfers & Rumours

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  1. Fred Thompson says:

    Does it matter? Thanks Sam for all the great times you’ve given, and to the massive impact you have made to Bolton Wanderers football club.

  2. Allen says:

    Seems like a good bet. After all we can see what happened to Charlton after they lost Cursh.

  3. joe says:

    Sorry to see Big Sam moving on. Bolton have always been a side I’ve taken a casual interest in and he’s taken up such a level. I remember when they had the likes of Simon Charlton, Paul Warhurst, and Dean Holdsworth, now they have Anelka, Diouf, etc.
    Definitely the best job done on a small budget in recent times.