So I’ve reached the end of the second season of Allardyce or Nothing. A lot has happened between this update and the last one.
First to finances . My first season – in the Championship – saw Bolton make a loss of £2 million. The first season in the Premiership saw the club make £92 million. After spending just under £125k on transfer fees in two seasons my budget for next year is £44 million.
That sum may give you an indication that the club is still in the Premiership. It is. The pre-season preview had predicted a finishing position of 19th… I finished 3rd! Not only will Bolton be in the Champions lLeague next season, but I had to find a dust cloth and a can of pledge for the trophy cabinet as the Wanderers won both the League Cup and the FA Cup beating Manchester United on both occasions – 2-1 in the League Cup and 5-2 in the FA Cup.
Success this year was again down in part to Zach Clough who was ably assisted by loanees Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi. The quartet of Wellington Silva, Alex Iwobi, Iheanacho and Clough were my main attacking outlet, but they were well supported by the rest of the team. In pre-season my recruitment was hampered by the club just exiting the embargo and I decided to recruit with one eye of player personality. That Josh vela, Wellington Silva and Hal Robson-Lanu are ‘resolute’ characters means that uppity-Bolton wouldn’t lie down after half-time rollicking from yours truly.
Sam left Bolton in 2008 after feeling he wasn’t supported by the Board in trying to push the club forward. Given the transfer budget for the forthcoming season I can’t say that. My priority has to be the defence and replacing Dean Moxey who has more bookings than a travel agent. I also need cover at the back – Steven Taylor who I brought in to cover Holding, Wheater and Osede played one game before a season ending injury. That said I’ll probably end up with more central midfielders!
Oh, and at 96 days I’ve already outlasted Big Sam in the International arena managing Ghana. International management with be an interesting diversion.
Sam Allardyce’s CV is littered with examples of him making the best out of a bad situation. When he arrived at the Reebok Stadium in 1999, Bolton Wanderers were in the bottom half of Division One. When he left in 2007, they were an established Premier League team who had played in Europe for the first time in their history.
Allardyce of Nothing is a FM16 save in which I attempt to manage Bolton Wanderers in a Sam Allardyce way.