Bolton Missing Big Sam Allardyce

Bolton Wanderers have not had a good start to the season under new boss Sammy Lee.

They have not looked the same solid team this season that Sam Allardyce had created in his eight years at the club.

Even before the season started some had labeled Bolton as a possible relegation team and 3 losses in their first 3 games haven’t helped things.


Sam Allardyce – managed Bolton for 8 years and has left a huge vacuum at the club

One of Bolton’s most experienced players, Ivan Campo, a stalwart under Allardyce has finally spoken some truth about the situation

This is what he told the Daily Mirror today:

“Everybody misses Sam Allardyce,” “The team is not well. We’ve lost three matches and it seems to me there is a very sad atmosphere in the dressing room.”

“As players, we have to share the responsibility with the staff, but we’ve changed things so dramatically overnight.”

“That was always going to be a gamble, especially when you change such an experienced coach for somebody who has always been a No.2.”

“In an ideal world, everybody would have to give Sammy Lee time and everybody would have to be patient.”

“But we do not have any time. The next two games are very important. If we don’t come up with six points, we’re in serious trouble.”

At Newcastle we’ve almost seen the opposite as the big man with the big personality has taken over Newcastle in his stride and already looks to have put some steel in Newcastle, with the acquisition of some excellent players. Even the acquisition of the club by Mike Ashley has not stopped Sam from having an excellent foray into the transfer market and at least fix the Newcastle defense as his first priority.

But we all know it’s a big job for Sammy Lee at Bolton and the players have to support him. We’re sure lots of people at Bolton, not only the players, got used to the big presence of Sam Allardyce. Big Sam probably felt at the end that his great work at Bolton had not been appreciated enough and wanted to move on to other challenges.

That big presence is now transforming Newcastle into a tough team to beat – again as Sam’s first priority in taking Newcastle back to greatness – which most fans think is really possible this time around.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • jenson button

    Aug 24, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    what a pity? we are lucky that sam joined us. before signins off, I hope we beat middlesbrough 3-1 or 2-0. Now I am watching Formula 1 free practice at the turkish gp. anyone interested?

  • gordon

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    And i thought gartside said the were a better outfit without sam.Is gartside being diliberately unsporting over the faye deal?

  • Jeff D

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Bolton are going down. Wee sam is not a manager,hes is an avarage coach at best.he really is out of his depth. as for Gartside…………Nah i better not i’ll get kicked off the blog and banned!!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Aug 24, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    i gartside is a wank** there a said it for u he is delibritly stoping the faye deal coz hes a bitter man at loseing his main man his loss our gain come on bsa show him wot hes lost

  • George

    Aug 24, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    So the Boltonplayers are missing big Sam. AHhhhhhhhh. TOUGH
    All at Bolton said they were better off now he had gone. Now we know they were telling porkies, but stubborn people get what they deserve.
    But lets look at the facts. Sam left Bolton with Gartsides blessing, after weeks if not months of discussions together about the way forward for Bolton. These are Gartsides words on the resignation of Sam.
    Man City were the first club to be associated with SA, and no bitterness there.
    A few days later when he agrees to manage NUFC and all hell breaks loose. Traitor. He should have been honest with us. Etc, etc. But did SA not resign before Glen Roeder was asked to step down.
    Whenyou try to change the facts you get caught out. As my old pa used to say, if you lie you have to have a great memory.
    Even Sammy Lee had to have a dig, ” I can take Bolton further than S A could because he would not listen to ideas”. Well SLs ideas are certainly not working yet. My stomach hurts with laughing.

  • Darren

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Jenson Button – F1 is a waste of space, stop trying to push it down our throats!


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