Sam Allardyce told Bolton they would be in the Champions League this season if only he’d been given more cash to spend.
That may be true but the problem at Bolton is that they didn’t have a lot of money to spend and that seems why Sam chose to leave for Newcastle after his eight years there.
Now as fate would have it his first competitive game as Newcastle manager is against his former club at the Reebok stadium (it would be hard to make this stuff up).
We would hope Sam will get a good reception from the Bolton fans after all the good work he did at the club.
Sam Allardyce – what kind of reception will he get at the Reebok? – it should be a good one
Sam says it could be an emotional day for him but he’ll keep his emotions in check as he tries to get his Newcastle era off to a good start. Allardyce will be hoping for a warm welcome from the home fans at the Reebok after turning the club into a big success story during his eight-year reign as manager there with very little money to spend.
More money will be available to him at Newcastle because since he joined the club it has been taken over by English Billionaire Mike Ashley. But Big Sam hasn’t spent much money yet having brought in 7 players â€“ Viduka, Barton, Rozehnal, Geremi, Enrique, Cacapa and Smith for around â‚¤19M (3 free transfers) but he’s sold Parker for â‚¤7M and likely will get the same amount for Kieron Dyer soon.
Allardyce said yesterday:
“I don’t know what kind of reception I’ll get but in nearly eight years as manager, we only had major, major success.”
“My legacy at Bolton is European football for the first time in their history.
“If the club had really wanted to, we could have finished fourth last season. I believe that.”
“From my point of view, it’s a football club I’ve turned around into a big, big success story, but how the fans will react to that, I don’t know,”
“I think there should only be one reaction, but it’s not down to me.â€
“I’ll put my feelings to one side and make sure I’m focused for the lads.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if some Bolton fans were disappointed that Sam finally left and certainly Newcastle fans have been delighted with Sam as the new manager on Tyneside. But surely after eight good years Bolton fans will show some appreciation.
We think Sam deserves it and that Bolton fans will give him a good reception. Things happen in life and the only constant is change â€“ Sam moved on to what he considers a new challenge at Newcastle â€“ and he’s right
What do you think?
Let us know â€“ comments always welcome.