Football: WORLD CUP STARS ON SHOW; Bolton boss Allardyce tips Wanderers to make history.
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Samuel "Sam" Allardyce (born October 19 1954 in Dudley, West Midlands) is an English former professional football player and current football manager. He is currently the manager of Newcastle United of the English Premier League. believes his Bolton Wanderers team are on the verge On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) is a play written by Eric Overmyer. It makes extensive use of esoteric language and pop culture references from the late nineteenth century to 1955. of eclipsing some of the greatest achievements in the club's 125-year history.
Bolton include World Cup stars Youri Djorkaeff Youri Djorkaeff (born March 9, 1968 in Lyon) is a former French football (soccer) player, who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. He had fantastic technique, pace and fancy and effective dribbling. (France) and Nigeria's Jay Jay Okocha in his squad for tomorrow's pre-season match against Cardiff City at Ninian Park , while they also bring Ninian Park is a football stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Currently, it is the home ground of Cardiff City F.C. Per Frandsen Per Frandsen (born February 6, 1970) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player, who won the 1995 Danish Cup with F.C. Copenhagen, and played 265 league games as a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers in England. (Denmark) and Ricardo Gardner (Jamaica). Both played in World Cup 98.
The four, plus England international Michael Ricketts, are leading players in the squad being developed by Allardyce, who says the major threat to his plans to make Bolton a Premiership force are the club's pounds 30m-plus debts.
``I believe we are close to creating history at Bolton Wanderers, if we want it,'' said Allardyce. ``But the bottom line is still the massive financial problem.
``If we are to be great in the next three, four or five years that has to be resolved somehow. I don't know how, that's not my job, but it has to be if we are going to achieve something at this club more than we have ever achieved before.''
Former Bolton player Allardyce has lifted the club from the lower reaches of the First Division to Premiership survival in less than three years and intends to take them higher. He has signed World class players in Djorkaeff and Okocha, while he is currently in talks with Real Madrid central defender Ivan Campo.
The target for Bolton this season is 11th place in the Premiership, which would be a 40-year high for the club.
Allardyce, however, knows that his plans could quickly fall apart, that Bolton's fasttrack to success could yet end in failure.
``If we are not careful it can all change quickly and go sour,'' said Allardyce. ``If we lose our Premiership status, the ramifications are so massive financially, more than they have ever been before.
``The wage cuts a football club has to achieve after relegation are really scary.
``We have the opportunity to progress, to become a stronger force in the Premiership and put ourselves in the record books, but we must also guard against the threat of failure and the devastation that would bring.''
Okocha, aged 28 and a veteran of three World Cup campaigns with Nigeria's Super Eagles, was signed on a free transfer from Paris St Germain and that has been seen as a real coup for Wanderers.
``He will be the king-pin of our team,'' said Allardyce. ``If the front men make the runs he will find them and open defences. That was one of the factors we were missing last season.''
Okocha has been given the freedom to roam on the pitch and Allardyce said: ``He can play anywhere he wants. The rest of the team can fit in and whatever spaces he leaves must be filled in for him.
``We must allow him to find his own space.
``He and Youri (Djorkaeff) will cause the opposition problems.''
Bolton Wanderers will bring a big squad to Ninian Park tomorrow. Allardyce used 22 players, a different team in each half, during the 1-1 draw against Burnley this week and he may do the same again.
At one stage Bolton had a central defensive pairing with 20 years between them - Gudni Bergsson, 37, and teenager Danny Livesey, 17. They will be without Stig Tofting and Dean Holdsworth, who are ruled out by injury.
Bolton Wanderers squad: Jaaskelainen (gk), Poole (gk), Mendy, N'Gotty, Whitlow whitlow /whit·low/ (hwit´lo) felon.
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FRENCH STAR Youri Djorkaeff will line up against the Bluebirds tomorrow.; PICTURE: Empics; GOING FOR GOALS Robert Earnshaw will start against Bolton tomorrow.