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?
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.
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.
In dream world I would like the takeover to happen. MASS clear out of dead wood players! Give some youth a chance and rebuild. Parky goes & get new gaffa ( heart says Kevin Nolan ) but obviously need someone with L1 promotion experience Ideally. We just need to start again #bwfc
— Graham Down (@Graham_Down) March 17, 2019
A dream we can all wish came true.
Had a dream Kevin Nolan became our manager, big Sam director of football, there was new owners, not sure who but had money. That fuckin score board was fixed to be able to show highlights. All was good in #bwfc land
— Chris (@MrChris_86) March 23, 2019
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%.
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?