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.â€
“As players, we have to share the responsibility with the staff, but we’ve changed things so dramatically overnight.â€
â€œThat was always going to be a gamble, especially when you change such an experienced coach for somebody who has always been a No.2.â€
“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.