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Allardyce resigns as Bolton manager

Allardyce resigns as Bolton manager

Sam Allardyce resigned as Bolton manager on Sunday after eight years at the club.
"After careful consideration and dialogue with my close family and senior officials within the football club, I will be resigning as manager of the club with immediate effect," Allardyce said.
Newspaper reports over the weekend said the former Bolton central defender would quit at the end of the season and replace Stuart Pearce at Manchester City.
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside alluded to the speculation in a statement.
"He has given his reasons for wanting to leave the club at this time, which are private and we respect that privacy," Gartside said.
Last year, he threatened the British Broadcasting Corp. with legal action after a documentary alleged that Allardyce and his son Craig, a former soccer agent, were given illegal payments in transfer deals.
The 52-year-old Allardyce has revolutionized Bolton, becoming one of the first managers to introduce the ProZone computer program to analyze players' performances.
He was renowned for getting the best out of temperamental players like Nicolas Anelka and for astute signings like French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff and ex-Nigeria international Jay-Jay Okocha.
"He has helped lead a fantastic transformation of this famous Lancashire club and has helped design and build an infrastructure that will enable the club to continue the progress that we have undoubtedly made in his period of office," Gartside said.
Allardyce led Bolton to promotion into the Premier League in 2001, and qualified for Europe for the first time in 2005. The club is currently fifth in the league and on track for another UEFA Cup spot.
"He's a top-class manager and obviously decided to try something different," striker Kevin Davies said Sunday. "It will be a little bit disappointing if he goes to a club beneath us, which is the only sad thing about it. He possibly feels he's done enough here and he's a very ambitious man."
Allardyce scored 21 times in 184 appearances for Bolton between 1973-80, winning the second-division title in 1978.
He played for five clubs after leaving Bolton, including the Tampa Bay Rowdies, but returned in 1985 to end his playing career.
After just 14 matches he left to take on a series of coaching roles before taking on his first managerial position at Blackpool in July 1994. He was fired after failing to secure automatic promotion in 1996.
The following year he took on the Notts County job where he won the Division Three title, before Bolton spotted his potential in 1999.
In his first season, Allardyce led Bolton to the Division One playoffs and the FA Cup semifinals.
In 2004, Bolton was beaten in the League Cup final by a Middlesbrough team managed by Steve McClaren. McClaren beat Allardyce to coach the England team last year.


Updated : 2021-05-09 01:14 GMT+08:00