After Bolton’s win over Manchester City captain Kevin Nolan [pictured below] was interviewed by the BBC and took the opportunity to make a plea to the Wanderers board of directors for more transfer money in order to keep Big Sam at the club.
Here’s what Nobby had to say:
“There’s less chance of the manager leaving here if he gets the resources he wants.
“The lads are all very disappointed we’ve not been able to add to the squad. That’s not down to the gaffer, it’s down to the people above him not giving him the resources to do it.
“We have a talented squad but we need to add players to it. I’m disappointed and the boss is disappointed about that.
“What we’ve done over the last year with the players we’ve got is fantastic, but we want to bring more quality in and take the next step forward. We are not looking here at £30m or £40m but enough to enable the manager to bring in three, four or five quality players.
“It is important to keep the bandwagon rolling and see how far we can go with serious money behind us. But it looks like we’ll just have to take it on the chin.
“The worrying thing is that what could turn out to be a great season might ultimately not be without that support. We’ve got players injured and some away at the African Nations Cup and we’ve just got to hope they get knocked out early so we get them back.
“We want to keep this club going forward. There’s no point, after all our hard work, in taking a step back. The manager has got it off to a tee working in the bargain basement. Now let’s see what he can do at the top end. I am sure he will do well.”
Bolton boss, Sam Allardyce, has also added to the subtle plea for more dosh:
“The emergence of a top-line player in the transfer window, under our budget restrictions, is unlikely. To pull out a signing like Vincent Candela, to magic up someone like him, as I did last year, is highly unlikely.
“We might have to wait until 10.30pm on January 31 and hope one pops out of the hat.”