Former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce has been on the minds of Bolton fans this week after he was linked with a return to Bolton Wanderers.

However, Allardyce has spoken out in the past saying that he wouldn’t want to return to Bolton as the club’s manager.

What role could Big Sam fill if he was ever to return?

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The most obvious position for the legendary manager to fill would be director of football.

A director of football offers a bridge between the first team manager and the ownership of the club. They can oversee duties such as scouting and transfers on behalf of the manager and can set the long-term philosophy of the club.

It sounds like the perfect role for Allardyce if he indeed wanted to take a step back from management.

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We all know how talented Big Sam was at enticing players to the Reebok during his spell as the club’s manager. Just look at the team he assembled in the mid-2000s. There’s no reason to say he couldn’t perform that role again for the Trotters.

On top of that, having Big Sam back at that level would allow for a new manager to come in and focus solely on coaching the first team.

But who should manage the team going forward?

Several fans on Twitter have suggested that another legend should return as manager to work alongside Sam Allardyce. The legend in question, Kevin Nolan.

A dream we can all wish came true.

Kevin Nolan, while not the most experienced manager out there, could certainly do the job for Wanderers, especially with Sam Allardyce offering his guidance.

In Nolan’s brief managerial career so far, that’s seen him take charge of Leyton Orient and Notts County as player-manager, the former midfielder has a 42.4% winning ratio.

That’s actually higher than Big Sam’s Bolton win percentage of 41.2%.

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Of course, a lot would need to happen to make this dream a reality, but in the perilous position the club finds itself in, we need all the hope we can get.

Would you like to see Big Sam back at Bolton?

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