Sam Allardyce assesses the progress Bolton Wanderers have made under Ian Evatt

Manchester|November 30, 2021

He has already outlined the financial challenge that Bolton face but on the pitch, the ex-England boss is impressed by the impact Evatt has had in a short space of time.

At the same time though Allardyce, a man vastly experienced in football management, feels that expectations may have to be slightly harnessed.

The 67-year-old recently managed a legends game and gave his view on the state of play at Wanderers right now.

"I cant really comment on that, I dont think its my position to comment on the manager whos in charge at the moment," said Allardyce. "Its his job, its his baby.

"He turned the club around extremely quickly last year when everybody thought it was going to be a struggle.

"Like every manager, you cant just wave the magic wand overnight when youre walking into a new club and having to find 10, 12, 14 new players. Youve got to be given time and, once he had that time, he produced a very successful team.

"But double promotions are few and far between if you go back in history, so the Bolton fans shouldnt get their hopes up too high just yet.

"If he does achieve that, what a magnificent achievement that would be. In the history of Bolton Wanderers, the last time it happened it was Bruce Rioch and Toddy (Colin Todd) who brought them back through the divisions, in my time it was Ian Greaves.

"(The club) has an unfortunate history of dropping down the leagues but has always managed to make its way back, and I hope that happens again."

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